DENR expediting Boracay flood prevention project

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) — The government on Wednesday promised to speed up its flood control infrastructure in Boracay, as the island was inundated this week due to heavy rains.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said that they will try to speed up an ongoing flood channel project.

"Three years po ang binigay dito, wherein ang hiningi ng TIEZA dyan is seven years dapat. But it was shortened to three years and now one year mahigit pa lang nila gingagawa yan," Antiporda said.

[Translation: We have alloted three years for this project, but the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) originally asked for seven years. But it was shortened to three years and now we've only been doing this for one and a half years.]

He apologized and asked for people's understanding, as the project needs another one and a half years of work.

"We're doing everything na maayos po yan at hindi masira yung buong isla," Antiporda added.

[Translation: We're doing everything to fix it while not ruining the island.]

TIEZA is tasked with regulating the water utilities on the island.

Last year, Boracay was shut down for an extensive six month clean-up led by the DENR.