Palace tells LGUs in tourist destinations to shape up

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2018 03:16 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to Boracay over its neglected state also applies to other tourist destinations in the country.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte’s recent pronouncements on Boracay should serve as a warning to local government units that neglect of the environment will not go unnoticed.

“Naging malinaw ang presidente. Bagamat ang kanyang mga salita ay para sa Boracay, iyan ay applicable sa mga tourist destination sa Pilipinas. Ang sabi ng presidente, hindi dudumi ng ganyan ang Boracay kung ‘di naging pabaya ang pamahalaang lokal,” Roque said in a news conference in Palawan.

“Ang order niya na kinakailangan panagutin ang mga LGUs dahil hindi nila napangalagaan ang kalikasan is equally appicable to all island destinations…huwag na niyo antayin na banggitin kayo ng presidente.”

The President recently described Boracay, famous for its long wide beach and powder-like sand, as a “cesspool” due to the island’s dysfunctional sewerage system. Several beachfront establishments have also been accused of violating easement rules.

The President has warned that local government officials in Boracay, covered by Aklan province, will be held liable over the state of the island.

Several government officials have recommended the temporary closure of Boracay to tourists to make way for its rehabilitation.

Duterte also said he will declare a state of calamity in Boracay to ensure that funds for its rehabilitation will be released faster.

Roque said Duterte has ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to make recommendations on Boracay in 6 months.