2-month Boracay closure bad for business, 'bad publicity' - Villar

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Posted at Mar 06 2018 11:43 AM

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MANILA - Closing Boracay island for 60 days to address its environmental woes will be bad for business, Senator Cynthia Villar said Tuesday.

"I came from business. That’s bad. You don't close down. It’s bad publicity for Boracay at maraming magko-complain kasi parang kahit ka nag-comply, mapa-punish ka. Everybody will be punished. Dapat we punish those who did not comply and we reward those who comply," she told ANC's Headstart.

"You cannot clean a place in 60 days or 6 months. Cleaning a place or maintaining a place is an everyday effort," she added.

Villar, chair of the committee on environment and natural resources, also seeks the creation of a special agency approving permits in Boracay, similar to what Palawan and Batanes have.

The unprecedented cleanup in the island famous for its fine white sand and blue waters came after President Rodrigo Duterte cited its sewage problems, calling it a "cesspool" and threatening to shut it down.