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06 April 2018, 03:33 | Marta Robbins
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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night heeded the recommendation by the interagency Boracay Task Force for a six-month closure of the beach destination, which has suffered from environmental woes. "Boracay will be relaunched", Duterte's Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
Tourism under-secretary Frederick Alegre said: 'This is not about profit, it's about the political will to deal with years of neglect of the environment'.
Located off the northern tip of the central island of Panay, Boracay's white sand, lively nightlife and abundant water sports are a constant draw for visitors. Numerous rest have crude septic tanks and others discharge their waste directly into the sea, Mr Alegre said.
But within weeks of President Duterte lashing out at the local businesses, the Philippines gave the green light for Macau casino giant Galaxy Entertainment to begin construction next year of the casino and resort complex.
"Whether foreign or local, they will not be allowed to enter the island". "So if everybody can come into the picture, we can cut the process by at least two months".
He added that the area has seen "unlimited" development because "local government units and the national government agencies did not do their job of enforcing rules on land use, environmental impact assessment". Right now our lawyers are drafting a potential administrative case, most probably the best way is just to wait until we file. The government will provide "alternative and temporary" livelihood support to the workers who will be affected by the shutdown.
Starting April 26, PAL will increase flights on the following routes between Cebu and Busuanga (Coron), Cebu and Siargao as well as between Clark and Busuanga. Also on April 26, PAL will increase flights on the following routes between Cebu and Busuanga (Coron), Cebu and Siargao as well as between Clark and Busuanga.
Both PAL and Cebu Pacific offered customers full refunds or flights elsewhere, and said they would still operate a limited number of flights to Caticlan and Kalibo airports to serve residents, which number about 50,000.
Jose Clemente, president of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, said businesses were aware of Duterte's planned cleanup, but hoped for a partial or phased closure, and more time to adjust. We seek the understanding of our passengers as your flag carrier and the aviation industry cooperate in this multi-sectoral endeavor. "I really feel for the people in Boracay", he added.
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