Boracay Island still open-Roque

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Beachgoers can still enjoy the  Boracay Island waters, as the government’s closure order is still not in sight.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a press briefing at Malacañang Thursday quipped  “Proceed to Boracay, especially since it’s Holy Week. I don’t think any closure will happen during the peak season of Boracay.”

According to Roque, the President is yet to act on the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Tourism to close the island to pave the way for its rehabilitation.

A status quo stands, as far as the tourism operations is concerned, he added.

Rogue assumed that thd President will order the closure during lean season.

Boracay Island is among the top destinations of local and foreign tourists during the Holy Week and during summer.

The DENR has imposed a moratorium in teh area, which prohibits any business entity or investor to introduce development pending rehabilitation.

Roque added. “Whatever happens to Boracay, what’s imperative now is to lay down expanded infrastructure for both drainage and sewage treatment facilities.”

The government  is committed to rehabilitate  the island, this time, environmental safety and preservation is in placed.-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

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