Senator Nancy Binay-Angeles said she is not in favor of closing down Boracay because this will hurt tourism.
About 30 percent of tourists coming to the Philippines visit Boracay Island, Binay-Angeles, who was one of the principal sponsors of Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano and former Taguig beautyqueen Charmaine Hernandez,who were wed Saturday in Murcia town, said.
President Rodrigo Duterte had threatened to close down Boracay if perennial problems, including waste management, in the island are not solved within six months.
Binay-Angeles said she was there last week together with senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Joel Villanueva, and they saw that there is no need to close down Boracay if there are other solutions available. The white beach is still beautiful and it is nice to swim there so she could not understand the logic to close it down.
What is important is for everybody - the local and national government and business stakeholders there - to do their part and start fixing the island, she said.
If we close down Boracay, it will entail a bigger budget to promote the island again and it will be more difficult to bring the tourists back, Binay-Angeles said.
“It’s a drastic move to close it down and we will be killing the means of livelihood of those who depend on it. I think there should be a compromise,” she said, adding that closing it down is not the solution.
Binay-Angeles said she wants to know the mechanics from the Department of Tourism since they have no details.
She said she believes there should be a wholistic approach and it should be a nationwide effort.
Boracay has earned P56 billion and closing it down will hurt its tourism industry, and 30 percent of our tourist arrivals go to the island, Binay-Angeles said.
Instead of closing it down, perhaps the volume of tourists going there should be reduced, she said.*CGS
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