Photos and video of a drainage pipe in Bolabog Beach, one of the tourist spots in Boracay Island, on Thursday showed how dirty waters from the pipe made its way through the sea.
Ken Nacor, owner of a kite surfing school in the area, said the photos and video were taken last year. The wastewater flowing from the drainage pipe was black in color.
"White beach, seven kilometers... beautiful... wow maganda pero wala silang idea 'yung mga basura ng kanal, mga tae na tinatapon nila, dito nila dinadump sa Bolabog," Nacor said in a 24 Oras report by Joseph Morong.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional director Jim Sampulna said actions have been taken as regards the drainage pipe so water from it will no longer reach the sea.
But Nacor agrees with the threat of President Rodrigo Duterte to shut down the tourist destination due to its environmental issues.
"Pag sinabi ni Duterte na close, close. Why not? Para ma-heal 'yung island... Kasi matagal nang problema 'to eh, one year two years almost? Tagal na. Hindi lang nasolusyonan 'to eh," Nacor said.
Duterte has warned that he would close the island as he had described it as a "cesspool."
A foreigner who teaches kite surfing in the area, Martin Leppers, also complained of infection he suffered at the beach.
"I'm standing six hours in the water and then it's getting big big big... infection, big infection... Everyone said to me go to the doctor," Leppers said.
The DENR recently ordered the closure of 300 business establishments in the island for supposedly violating the law.
DENR chief Roy Cimatu gave business establishments two months to comply with environmental provisions of the law.
Authorities have been monitoring other tourists spots such as Coron, Palawan and Siargao Island. —Anna Felicia Bajo/JST, GMA News