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HOLISTIC APPROACH NEEDED TO FIX BORACAY WOES – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara is urging the government to develop a holistic solution to the environmental problems and other issues that triggered the temporary closure of the world-famous Boracay Island.

“What we need are not small and superficial remedies but a holistic solution that incorporates all aspects of the problems facing the island,” Angara said.

“It will cost more if Boracay’s reputation as a top tourist destination will be eroded due to environmental degradation. It is important that we have a sustainable tourism compliance with environmental laws,” the veteran legislator added.

The seasoned lawmaker earlier filed Senate Resolution No. 633 that called for an investigation on the severe pollution in Boracay so as to address the island’s deteriorating state, protect its environment and ecology, and promote its sustainable development.

The youthful senator attributed Boracay’s coastal pollution and adverse environmental damage to massive influx of tourists, free-wheeling development, and poor enforcement of laws on environmental protection.

“The Senate should get into the bottom of the Boracay issue and help identify solutions to the problems and make recommendations to the government and follow through on that,” he said.

Angara also underscored the need for Congress to evaluate and intensify current legal guidelines on environmental safety and rehabilitation so as to sustain the country’s tourism growth while preserving the beauty of Philippine islands.

He has likewise urged authorities to ensure that the thousands of workers who will be affected by the six-month closure of Boracay will have access to the employment assistance program of the government.

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