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DOT leads gov’t workers, volunteers in Boracay clean-up

/ 12:43 PM April 28, 2018

A man uses a paddle board as green algae can be seen on the bay of Boracay on April 24, 2018, ahead of its closure. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the once-idyllic white-sand resort closed to tourists for up to six months from April 26, after describing the country’s top tourist attraction as a “cesspool” tainted by raw sewage. AFP FILE PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Following the closure of Boracay, the Department of Tourism (DOT) led several volunteers and government employees from different agencies in the first wave of the clean-up drive along the island’s Bulabog beach area.

“The simple acts of throwing your trash properly and picking up rubbish you see goes a long way as we go all-out in rehabilitating Boracay,” DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, who also participated in the event, said.

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More than 200 volunteers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Association of Independent Travel Agencies – Boracay Chapter, Caticlan Airport, and local barangay officials from Barangay Balagbag helped in cleaning a stretch of the island resort.

According to DOT Region VI Director Helen Catalbas, the department is working double time not only for Boracay’s clean-up but also for the other programs that include trainings for tourist guides, tourism police officers and other employees. This will be done during the six-month closure.

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These programs are aimed at improving the tourism experience in Boracay, once it opens again. /jpv

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