It was back in early February when the President of the Philippines first caught wind of the negative attention of Boracay. It was during a Cabinet meeting when DOT USEC Kat De Castro presented an aerial survey over Boracay, which also showed interviews with locals complaining about flooding, and pollution along with photos of overcrowding and traffic congestion. A series of meetings, discussing other possible options and recommendations on how to address the issue, then followed as the president stated that one of the world's best beaches had become a “cesspool”.
On April 4, the fate of Boracay was sealed. The president ordered the 6-month closure of the renowned island. Among the many things that needed immediate attention was the validation of resorts in compliance with the current environmental law. The road expansion project, relocation of illegal settlers, realignment of power lines and electric posts, and proper drainage system are just some of the things implemented with the ongoing rehabilitation in the island.
With the new Boracay back in business, here is what you can expect:
- Partying on the beach no longer allowed
- Decongested beachfront
- Cleaner, whiter shores
- Ongoing road rehabilitation