CAGAYAN de Oro City--A top official of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Northern Mindanao yesterday said that some beach and inland resorts in Northern Mindanao are not discharging their wastes properly.
Some beach and inland resorts in Northern Mindanao may not have discharged their wastes properly, according to Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 10 director Sabdullah Abubacar.
In an interview with this writer yesterday, Abubacar said his regional office has discovered the discrepancies in the course of their two-week inspection in beaches along the Macajalar, Gingoog and Panguil Bay coastlines, inland resorts in landlocked Bukidnon and beaches around the island province of Camiguin.
Abubacar said the surprise inspections were conducted following an order from the EMB central office itself in the wake of the discovery of sewage pipes draining out to sea in the world-renowned resort Boracay in the Visayas.
He said that in the course of their inspections, they have discovered that some resorts have sewage problems while some do not have permits to operate a water treatment facility.
Earlier, Department of Tourism (DOT) director Marie Elaine Unchuan said that under the Water Code of the Philippines, commercial establishments such as resorts need to discharge their “black water” and “grey water” separately.
“Black water” emanates from toilet bowls and urinals while “grey water” comes from kitchen sinks, showers and faucets, Unchuan explained.
The DOT has conducted its own inspection on the region’s beach resorts following a separate directive from Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo.
Meanwhile, Abubacar said he will release the full report on the list of violators by next week. He said the normal process is for the beach resorts to get rid of the anomalies within 15 days before they face sanctions.
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