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Wish niyo lang! Villar doubts Boracay rehab done in 6 months


by: Xave Gregorio

Senator Cynthia Villar cast doubt on the Duterte administration’s plan to rehabilitate popular tourist destination Boracay in six months, as she predicts works on the island may continue beyond 2055.

“You can imagine, what it will take us to do a sewage system, drainage system, circumferential road, medyo, baka hindi rin matapos six months. Baka matapos, magiging beyond 2055, gigibain nila ‘yun,” Villar said Monday (April 16) in a chance interview.

Villar, Senate environment and natural resources committee chair, said that while the government may be able to bring back Boracay’s beauty within the timeframe set by President Rodrigo Duterte, it would finish all the necessary works for rehabilitation, especially the sewage system.

“In six months, maski nga sa Metro Manila ay hindi naman… ang deadline ay 2037,” she said.

She was referring to Manila Water’s Three River Masterplan which aims total sewerage coverage in Metro Manila by year 2037.

Sewage works in Boracay would play a crucial role in the rehabilitation of the island, as a faulty sewerage system is blamed for its environmental woes, which include the proliferation of infectious coliform bacteria in its waters.

But even if she sees that rehabilitation works in Boracay would not be finished in six months, Villar said the island should still be opened after the period lapses in October.

“Improving a place and making everything nicer, it’s forever. Kasi marami kang gagawin, definitely, ‘di naman matatapos, it’s a continuing process,” she said. “Ang importante ‘yung basic na mali na ma-correct and the attitude of the people.”

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