Overpopulation threatens Boracay Island
It’s not just the garbage that’s making the government’s task of cleaning up Boracay Island challenging. It’s also the growing number of people.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Director in Western Visayas Jim Sampulna said that overpopulation of the island needs to be addressed by the local government units.
“The construction workers must be allowed to go back to Malay after work. For example, if one resort has more than 600 men working on the site, where would their waste go? Can you imagine?” he asked.
“To me, the number one tourist destination in the world is dying. Boracay is no longer a place to rest, it is a place to sacrifice. The island is overpopulated, unregulated and uncontrolled. There is failure of governance in Boracay, as if there is no government there,” he added.
Sampulna said that a task force composed of LGU, PNP, DILG, Philippine Army, and the Department of Justice would be created to enforce the law in the island.
“We will muster all our efforts to carry out the implementation of the environmental laws to address the issues. As good soldiers, we will carry out our duties. If the LGU will not participate or cooperate, I will ask the police to do it with us,” he further said.