The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) wants to impose a temporary closure of Boracay Island to restore its pristine condition.
DENR-6 Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna, in an interview over radio station RMN-Iloilo, said the best solution to save the island in Malay, Aklan from further degradation is to close it for at least two months.
“Close natin pansamantala while we are undertaking steps to resolve the environmental problems on the island. Off-limits muna to tourists.”
Sampulna expressed fear that the world-famous island “might lose” if no serious actions will be taken.
He said his “heart is bleeding” for the current condition of Boracay. “I could no longer take to stay there.”
“Hindi na tourist destination ang Boracay. It’s like a marketplace,” Sampulna lamented.
“Sobra sobra na ang abuso sa Boracay.”
The regional director said the island is suffering from waste and sewerage problems.
“Sobrang daming basura. Kahit saan tinatapon. Isa pa ang wastewater na diretso sa dagat.”
Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte gave the DENR a six-month ultimatum to address all environmental problems on the island.
If the agency fails to fix Boracay within the period, Duterte said he will close the Island.
On Monday, Feb. 12, the President blamed Malay’s government officials for making Boracay “a sewer pool.”
“I will charge you with serious neglect of duty,” he said in his speech in Cebu City.
“You allowed buildings to be constructed without the proper sewerage….You created a disaster there,” he added.
Boracay is Western Visayas’s top tourist drawers. In 2017, the island accommodated more than two million tourists.IMT