- The biggest business organization in Boracay expressed alarm over Pres. Duterte’s threat to close the island
- The President called Boracay a “cesspool”
- The business group said majority of the establishments in Boracay strictly comply with existing regulations
A group of businessmen operating in the world-famous Boracay Island expressed alarm over the recent pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte that he will close Boracay.
“I will close Boracay. Boracay is a cesspool,” the President earlier said.
The President directed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to clean up Boracay within six months or he will close the island.
According to The Daily Guardian, Boracay Foundation, Incorporated, the biggest business organization in Boracay Island believe that the President’s statement stemmed from misinformation and unverified data. The group said that while it is true that there are establishments that are violating environmental and health regulations, most of the businesses there are strictly in compliance with the regulations.
“While indeed there are many violators, most of the island’s business establishments are strictly in compliance with prevailing ordinances and regulations,” it stressed.
It further said that it finds it unjust to close the whole island because of the few violators.
The group, meanwhile, expressed its support to the six-month ultimatum the President has given to government agencies to clean up the island. It also urged authorities to “strictly enforce existing environmental laws and local ordinances and close all erring establishments immediately.”