Lawmakers worried over Boracay’s possible closure
Lawmakers have expressed alarm and have voiced warnings on the economic repercussions of regulators’ decision to shut for a year the Boracay island over rehabilitation purposes.
The offices of Senators Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva and Joseph Ejercito released last week separate statements through which they offered options to resolve environmental issues at the island without having to close it down.
But all warned that the move can cost the economy its substantial gains from the country’s top tourist spot while displacing about 30,000 jobs.
Last week, the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, of Interior and Local Government and of Tourism elevated the recommendation to the president, citing the need for “ample” time to rehabilitate the island.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has assured that the executive chief would be fair in deciding the island’s fate.