Aklan town to bar 'LaBoracay' parties, other big events in support of rehab efforts

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2018 08:17 PM

Algae accumulate on the shores of Boracay island during low tide in this photo taken on March 22, 2018. Vladimir Bunoan, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The local government of Malay town, Aklan on Wednesday said it would not issue permits for "LaBoracay" parties and other big events in Boracay during the Holy Week and Labor Day in support of the island's rehabilitation.

In a statement, the town's executive body said it would not grant special permits for big events for the duration of LaBoracay, supposed to start on April 27 and end May 2.

"To promote general welfare, the municipal government will not approve permits for big events during the upcoming holidays (Holy Week and Labor Day)," the statement read.

"Small organized events that are compliant [with] local ordinances will still be allowed pursuant to the aforementioned legalities."

 

The tourism, interior, and environment departments earlier recommended the cancellation of all "LaBoracay" parties, which draw droves of tourists annually.

Last year's LaBoracay festivities produced more than 10,000 kilos of garbage. 

Boracay is facing a 6-month shutdown to make way for rehabilitation efforts amid sewerage problems and widespread violation of environmental laws among establishments. 

The government-led cleanup began after President Rodrigo Duterte called the renowned beach destination a "cesspool."