Cimatu mulls light installations on Boracay beachfront after reports of theft


Posted at Nov 02 2018 12:06 PM

BORACAY ISLAND - Solar lamps or lights would soon be installed along the island's beachfront to make the area safer, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said, days after the island was reopened to tourists.

The government earlier banned torches, string lights and other artificial lighting on the beach that allegedly "destroys the natural environment," but was starting to reconsider its order after several incidents of theft.

"If we can put ASAP ang mga ilaw, we will. Gagawin namin yan kasi medyo madilim nga," Cimatu told reporters.

(If we can put lights as soon as possible, we will. We will do that because it is pretty dark.)

At least 2 theft incidents have been reported since the island's reopening last week, police data showed.

A group of businessmen in the island had asked the government to allow them to put up some temporary lights while the solar lamps are not yet installed.

Boracay was closed to tourists in April 26 for a half-year rehabilitation.

The island was reopened to the public in October with stricter policies imposed against both establishments and tourists.