Tourists drinking alcoholic beverages on the paradise island-resort of Boracay in Aklan should be aware of expanded restrictions imposed by the local government.
Some residents and even tourists have been complaining of trash left by vacationers along the beach; trash that were mostly bottles and cans of beer and other alcoholic beverages, plastic water bottles, and plastic bags.
Hence, the municipal council of Malay, Aklan which covers the island-resort have passed an ordinance regulating drinking of alcoholic beverages in public areas in the town, including beaches.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages will be prohibited within five meters of beach areas, public parks and riverbanks.
The ban also covers areas six meters from the center of roads, streets, alleys, sidewalks, and even sports complex and grounds.
Caught violators will be fined P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for the second offense and P2,500 or imprisonment of 30 days for the third and succeeding offenses.
The ordinance will be primarily implemented by members of the Malay auxiliary police with assistance from members of the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center.
According to municipal councilor Nenette Aguirre-Graf, who authored the new ordinance, the measure is for the security and safety of tourists and residents as well as to protect the environment.
Graf told the Inquirer: “There were incidents that tourists and residents step on broken bottles.”
She added that this is also intended to minimize trash by those who bring food and drinks on the beach.
“Tourists and guests can still consume alcoholic beverages in beachfront hotels, bars, restaurants, and other areas at the beach but not extending beyond the vegetation line,” she said.
A separate ordinance passed earlier also bans smoking beyond the vegetation line to at least minimize the number of cigarette butts at the beach.