Coming soon: 'Inventory' of PH island tourist spots

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 08 2018 04:02 PM

MANILA- Senator Nancy Binay on Thursday said she wants to have an "inventory" of all the island destinations in the Philippines to monitor how tourist spots in the country are being maintained.

Binay, who chairs the Senate Tourism Committee, said she is set to file a resolution on the matter in light of the environmental woes hounding Boracay island.

“Magkaroon tayo ng imbentaryo ng island destination at tingnan kung may pagkukulang bago [mag] encourage [ng] turista, ayusin muna,” she told reporters.

Senator Nancy Binay answers questions from reporters on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Photo from Sen. Nancy Binay's Facebook page

The inventory will also allow authorities to monitor whether local government units have a development plan for island destinations and whether national government assistance is needed, Binay said.

With regards to calls to temporarily close Boracay to tourists, Binay instead proposed "regulated" access while the government cleans up the island.

“Bawasan muna yung tourist arrival. Yung carrying capacity ng island sobra-sobra na," she said.

"Tuturuan na ang mga tourist ng proper waste disposal. Bawal mag uwi ng buhangin, 'yung ganung seminar muna bago ka tumapak sa island destination,” she added.

Lawmakers also want to create a government office that will guard the island's welfare and interests, Binay said.