The Tourism Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA) has mobilized the construction of temporary discharge pipeline to fast track the rehabilitation activities in Boracay at the onset of the rainy season starting June.
The temporary outfall will prevent flooding on various underground utilities and road construction projects while TIEZA and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) augment their de-clogging activities in the drainage systems and sewerage facilities of Boracay.
The outfall will have a discharge pipe extended up to 800 meters off the shore of Balabag beach. It will cater drainage water from the central Boracay section. The waters to be discharged from this outfall will be treated accordingly before being released to the continental shelf.
This temporary outfall is part of the action plan to ensure that the 6-month Boracay rehabilitation program will be unhampered even during the June to December rainy season.
Working side-by-side with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and DPWH, TIEZA hopes to complete the temporary outfall project by July 2018. The permanent outfall will be completed by January 2019.
TIEZA hastens the implementation of Phase 2 of the Boracay Drainage Improvement Project. Phase 2, among others, targets to finish the construction of four more pumping stations and three sea outfall pipelines.
The mandate of TIEZA in Boracay rehabilitation program pursuant to Executive Order No. 53 – Creating the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force – is to undertake the completion of the drainage system program, to work with DPWH in the establishment of flood control infrastructures, and to ensure the completion of the expansion programs of water and sewerage system in the three barangays of Boracay Island.
TIEZA is the infrastructure arm of the Department of Tourism.