Gordon approves Boracay rehab
Boracay has to be reinvented now or it will be lost forever, Senator Ricard Gordon said as he expressed full support for the possible shutdown of the island paradise to tourists.
Gordon, who is former secretary of the Department of Tourism, said that the proposal by President Rodrigo Duterte to closed down the world-famous destination is “timely,” adding that the island has been operating beyond its capacity.
Besides the influx of people to visit the white sand beaches, there are also issues on the enforcement of environmental laws (Chapter 5, Section 27 of the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act No. 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004), as well as the compliance of businesses — with only 25 out of the 300 establishments on the island connected to sewerage systems.
There are also some 842 illegal structures facing demolition for encroachment of forestlands.