Philippines Closing Tourist Island Boracay Temporarily
A spokesperson for President Rodrigo Duterte said the closure would begin on 26 April. Earlier this year Mr Duterte said Boracay was turning into a “cesspool” and threatened to shut it down. The island, known for its white-sand beaches, attracted nearly 2 million visitors last year. The decision has prompted concern for the thousands of people employed in Boracay’s busy tourist trade.
The government said affected companies will receive financial aid. It’s not clear how the shutdown will be implemented, though the department of trade and industry had earlier proposed closing the island down in phases, saying a total shutdown would be detrimental to businesses and livelihoods. The move follows growing concern over the island’s environmental health. Officials had warned businesses had been releasing wastewater into the surrounding waters.
Mr Duterte condemned the island’s hotels, restaurants and other tourist businesses, accusing them of dumping sewage directly into the sea. He said, “I will charge you for serious neglect of duty [for] making Boracay a fishpond or a sewer pool. Either [you] clean it up or I will close it permanently. There will be a time that no more foreigners will go there.”Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org