Skeletons found

Skeletal remains of an old man was found in far flung Sitio Manok, Barangay Palampas, San Carlos City around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Superintendent D’ Artagnan Katalbas, Jr., OIC police chief of San Carlos City identified the victim as Eutiquio Capacite Lapuz, 85 years old, resident of Sitio Manok, Barangay Palampas, San Carlos.

According to his granddaughter Rubilyn Calbario Torres, 39, married, their grandfather was missing after he left in the morning of November 19, 2017 and probably lost his way back home.

They reported this matter on November 20.

She added that their grandfather had a mental illness and was already weak due to old age.*(Cyrus M. Garde)

11 firms in Boracay facing closure

Eleven establishments in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan may face closure should they fail to properly manage their wastewater materials.

Around 180 establishments were inventoried by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) starting July until October this year.

The inventory found 11 establishments with unconnected sewerage system and their waste materials go directly to the drainage canal, DENR regional director Jim Sampulna told the Philippine News Agency on Tuesday.

These are the Jet Store and Sol Y Sombra, which to date have already complied with their commitments; Andok’s Restaurant and Shore Time, which also committed to comply and are subject to monitoring; Lugar Bonito Hotel, Metropolitan Doctors Medical Clinic, Mini Stop or UYPH Retail, Korean Restaurant, Boracay Island Adventure and Casa Asia, which are yet to be scheduled for technical conference and Cocomangas Bar, which also await technical conference.

Arjunn Calvo of the EMB said establishments that completed technical conference committed to “connect to the existing sewer line and close any discharge into the drainage canal.”

Sampulna said establishments that failed to comply with their commitments after the technical conference would face cancellation of their environmental compliance certificate (ECC).

He added that the Department of Tourism also promised to cancel their accreditation while the local government of Malay would do the same with their business permit forcing them to stop operations.

The regional director added that they are not yet done with the inventory but they will continue to coordinate with the local government unit of Malay for the monitoring of establishments.

Meantime, they would just concentrate on the 11 violators, he said.*



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