Smoking, drinking to be banned in Boracay white beach

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 28 2018 07:54 PM | Updated as of Aug 28 2018 08:53 PM

MANILA - Smoking and drinking along the white beach of Boracay will no longer be allowed, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday.

"Ang pinag-usapan namin last week nung Wednesday ni Secretary (Roy) Cimatu at Secretary (Eduardo) Año, may mga guidelines na tulad ng bawal na ang uminom at magsigarilyo sa public beach, sa white beach," Romulo-Puyat told radio DZMM.

"Pwede naman sila manigarilyo siguro at uminom dun sa kanilang hotel, resort or accommodation."

Romulo-Puyat said the ban is for the safety of the public.

"Pwede ka mag-paa, hindi ka matatakot na baka masugatan ang paa mo dahil biglang may broken bottle pala, tapos alam mo yung nilalakaran mo ay talagang sand at hindi abo ng sigarilyo," she said.

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Romulo-Puyat earlier said big, noisy parties like the ones held during Labor Day, or 'Laboracay' will no longer be allowed when the island reopens to tourists in October.

The island was closed last April to give way to a massive cleanup and the rehabilitation of its roads and sewerage system after President Rodrigo Duterte called the tourist destination a "cesspool."

One of the country's most popular beach destinations, Boracay has been plagued with sewage problems and overcrowding, with hotels and shops violating zoning and environment regulations.