Government to implement new plan to maintain Boracay

The Philippine government is set to implement the recently approved action plan to sustain and maintain the rehabilitation efforts in the island resort of Boracay after its six months closure in April to October 2018.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the Boracay Medium-Term Action Plan was announced by Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in Malacañang on July 2, 2019.

Panelo said the new Boracay action plan will have four themes:

  • “Enforcement of laws where there will be intervention on the regulation of visitors and hotel accommodations;”
  • “Prevention where there will be interventions on the sewerage infrastructure, solid and liquid waste management;”
  • “Rehabilitation and recovery of ecosystems;” and
  • “Sustainability of activities on the island such as improvement of roads and public health infrastructure, construction of permanent housing program for indigenous people and education facilities.”

In April 26, 2019, President Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay Island due to environmental problems brought about by a mismanaged sewerage system to give way for a six-month rehabilitation.

Boracay was reopened to accept visitors on October 26, 2018. (PinoyPulse.com)