Three government agencies recommended a total closure of the world’s premier island resort destination in the Philippines and will be carried out a month after President Duterte declares a state of calamity in Boracay.
Submitted by DENR, DOT, and DILG, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu, Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, and Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, respectively, endorsed the “closure of the Boracay Island as tourist destination for a maximum of one year effective one month after its declaration,”Cimatu said.
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This was recommended in response to the worsening condition of the resort island and “to restore and eventually sustain Boracay Island as a prime tourism destination.”

Proposed Measures

  1. Upgrading of the sewerage system, including the sewer lines, to meet the requirement of the entire island as a major tourist destination;
  2. Installation of all required solid waste management facilities and mechanisms in addition to full compliance with the provisions of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act;
  3. Removal of illegal structures in forestlands and wetlands, easement areas and even geologically hazardous areas such as those with sink holes;
  4. Road widening/construction, pipe laying and excavations; and
  5. Rationalization of transport system.

“We are recommending to the President the declaration of the State of Calamity and then after a month, declaration of the closure of Boracay,” said Año.

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