A plea to prevent the closure of Boracay Island
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We, the residents, stakeholders, employees, and fans of Boracay Island, are committed to preserving the natural beauty of our beloved Boracay Island.
We will continue abiding by the law to ensure the protection of Boracay's natural resources and natural environment. We have begun voluntary demolition of stalls in no-build zones like Puka Beach. We will speed up efforts to be 100% compliant with the country's Clean Water Act. We will be vigilant and continue to be vanguards to report entities who will disobey environmental laws.
We pledge our full cooperation and support to the government's vision for sustainable tourism to ensure Boracay's beauty will be enjoyed by generations to come.
We ask our dear President Rodrigo Duterte, through the intercession of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to reconsider and prevent the closure of Boracay Island.
We believe that the closure of Boracay Island will have devastating and irreversible effects on tourism, employment, and livelihood for thousands of people. The closure will displace almost 19,000 workers in the island, causing the unemployment rate in the region to increase.
Furthermore the closure will cause frustrations to tourists who have planned and booked their holidays ahead of time, and might avoid Boracay and the Philippines for upcoming holiday considerations.
Instead of a full closure, we suggest cleaning up and redeveloping one area of the island at a time.
We knock on the good heart of our dear President to keep Boracay open for the world to witness for themselves how Filipinos do BAYANIHAN to clean up and redevelop Boracay Island.
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