Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Robert Ace Barbers on Sunday asked for an inter-agency cooperation to help protect the famed Siargao Island from environmental degradation and prevent it from becoming the next Boracay.
He said the island is now facing issues on solid waste management, drainage system, and lack of hospital facilities, the same problems that confronted Boracay Island before
“There has to be a collaboration between the national government especially the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the local government units (LGU) because sometimes, the latter are not aware of the violations that may cost the island,” he said.
He added the island is now facing issues on solid waste management, drainage system and lack of hospital facilities, the same problems that confronted Boracay Island before.
“Most of the complaints that we receive are about the small clinics and hospital that were not equipped (with appropriate equipment) that can be used during emergency situation,” he said.
Last week, those concerns were raised again as American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Conor Dwyer sustained a head injury that needed eight stitches while he was surfing in Siargao.
Dwyer, who was with Filipino-American Victoria Secret model Kelsey Merritt, was rushed to a small clinic because the municipality of General Luna only has a rural health unit and one private clinic.
“There are efforts that the LGU has to take here and they should be the one reporting this to the national government. The needs and the facilities that are lacking,” Barbers said.
He also brought up the lack of drainage system which could result in environmental damage in the area.