Islanders believe it is just the harbinger of summer. Others see it as sign of worsening pollution. (story by The Inquirer - a Philippines national news agency)
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Boracay is as close to the tropical ideal you’ll find in the Philippines, especially the island’s gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets. Add in a thriving nightlife scene and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region, according to Condé Nast Traveler.
Today, however, that “tropical ideal” is besieged by green algae growth—a cause for concern on the shore of Boracay’s central tourist hotspot.
The algae, which can be seen in Stations 1, 2 and 3 of White Beach, is most visible in Station 2, where most of the commercial establishments are located.
It’s easy to blame it on Boracay’s rapid development which affects sanitation and environment controls.
But, is the algae growth a sign of worsening pollution?
According to its findings, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) said the island’s sewage system can no longer accommodate the burgeoning population.
While Jica agrees that tourism helps the Philippine economy, the agency likewise implores Boracay stakeholders to be more keen in protecting the island resort’s marine resources.
Dr. Miguel Fortes, University of the Philippines scientist and member of the Coastal Ecosystem Conservation Management (Cecam) project, noted that untreated sewage on the eastern side of Boracay has reached alarming levels.
And while the Environment Management Bureau says the water condition in Stations 1, 2, and 3 at White Beach on the west side is still OK, longtime residents of the municipality of Malay, Aklan, where Boracay is situated, claim that the algae are harmful.
‘Number One Beach’
Boracay is the country’s pride, consistently topping the the list of summer travel destinations for local and foreign tourists.
In 2008, the Department of Tourism (DOT) named Boracay as the “Number One Beach” in the Philippines, after it generated P11.6 billion in revenues that year, according to the DOT-commissioned Boracay Island Comprehensive Land Use Planning: Vol 1.
It was the top pick of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards in 2016.
Included in the same edition are two more Philippine destinations on Condé Nast’s Top 20 Best Islands in The World list: Palawan, No. 2, and Cebu, No. 5.
What can people do to save Boracay?
For starters, and as a form of activism, tourists should ask Boracay business establishments and government officials what they are doing for the island. People should ask hotels and restaurants if they have programs to help in the sustainability of Boracay’s environmental condition.
It would also be beneficial if Filipinos could pressure lawmakers and the local government of Boracay to enact stricter policies to protect the island and to better regulate the opening of businesses.
Everyone who has ever been there can contribute in ways big or small, so that Boracay does not end up as paradise lost. —CONTRIBUTED
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