Hello, beautiful people. Today is a national holiday in Bulgaria and finally I’ve got some time to review one year old photos from journey to Philippines and do some writing. I wanted to make this post just to inspire, but occasionally came across the article in Business Mirror about closure of Boracay and was a bit frustrated.
What I heard about Boracay Island before stepping to its land, it has one of the most beautiful coasts in the world – White Beach. What I did not know – it was extremely overcrowded and littered. And today I am reading in news that the island is on the edge of the environmental disaster due sanitation and wastewater issues, and even can be closed for tourists by the government in the near future.
According to official numbers, the number of tourists have increased from 634,263 in 2008 to some 2 million in 2017. Partial data also showed there were 430 resorts with 14,697 rooms. Huge inflow of people is causing immense pressure on the island’s sewerage infrastructure which is far from stable.
And the big reason for this are the violations in issuing hotel building permits.
Closing the island is of course an extreme measure as it would reduce 19,000 of jobs, but going the current direction will simply ruin the island and can even cause damage to tourists. The latter may become the victim of the sanitation problems due to bad water quality.
Thanks God, it’s already official – starting from June 2018, all building works should be stopped according to Philippines government decision. Local authorities will have time to solve island’s problems and afterwards the decision about closing the island to tourists will be taken. Win? Maybe, we’ll see.
The island itself is a treasure, with its beautiful wide beach and turquoise calm warm sea, palms and beautiful sunsets. I hope the problems will be resolves and wish with all my heart all the luck to people who are taking of it.
Nevertheless, may the travel spirit be with you!