Cleaning Time on Boracay Island, Philippines
Known globally for its pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, Boracay Island -located in western Visaya region, approx. 1-hour flight from Manila, is facing serious sewage problem caused by the establishments on the island. Many establishments build too close to the beach and crowding into the roads, illegally tapping their sewage line into the water line, draining their sewage directly into the sea which leads to worsening sewage conditions affecting the crystal clear water and resulting to bad smell and a mass of sea moss.
President of the Philippines released an order for a complete cleansing of the whole island for 6 months, and warned the situation as a looming environmental “disaster” and a “tragedy” that could soon drive visitors away from the island if nothing is being done solving the serious problem the island is facing.
Boracay Island has repeatedly been recognized by prestigious travel magazines as the world’s most beautiful island which attracts more than 2 million tourists a year and brings in P56 billion pesos in annual revenues.