Boracay woes

Tourists who don’t want to come again to Boracay might want to visit Camiguin.
Camiguin Congressman Xavier Jesus Romualdo has gone on full “sell your province as tourist spot” mode following the well-publicized problems of Boracay in Aklan, saying the Northern Mindanao site has much to offer.
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“We have cold springs, hot springs, soda water springs, several waterfalls, more volcanoes than towns, white sand, pristine seas, and an ASEAN Heritage Park. We have the freshest air. We have an infinite supply of cool and clean water. And it’s green everywhere,” said Romualdo.
President Rodrigo Duterte had threatened to close down Boracay, calling it a “cesspool” of garbage, waste, and excrement that threatens the environment, tourism, and health of the residents and visitors.
The President gave the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) six months to clean up Boracay.
The DENR has recently issued hundreds of notices of violations to establishments in Boracay. 92 notices were for violations of the Clean Water Act, 79 were for violations of the Clean Act Act, and several others were for violations of both laws and the Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System.
El Nido and Coron in Palawan, Panglao Island in Bohol, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro were added to the DENR’s watch list after establishments in these popular destinations were also found to be violating environmental laws and regulations.
The Camiguin solon supports Duterte’s order to clean up Boracay and these other tourism destinations in order to lure more foreign and local tourists and spur economic development, which would benefit locals and residents.
“If we do not take care of our environment, if we allow the pollution of our seas and waters or allow the destruction of our forests and mountains, we lose the very things that make people want to come and spend their money here,” Romualdo said.
Kathy Kenny


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