The maximum capacity of other tourist spots should also be regulated, to ward off from environmental damage that forced the six-month-long closure of the Boracay Island, a Senator Nancy Binay said on Friday, October 26.
Boracay, which was reopened today, has a “carrying capacity” of 54,000 tourists, workers and residents combines at a time, but it puffed up to as many as 75,000 people at a time before the scheduled closure.
Senate Tourism Committee chair Senator Nancy Binay inspects Boracay, says she is happy with development and will ask Senate to earmark budget for carrying capacity studies in other tourist destinations in the Philippines. pic.twitter.com/9rGTQC63IG
— Kat Domingo (@_katrinadomingo) October 26, 2018
The Senate is also considering the formation of an office that will manage the Island of Boracay, said Senator Binay, who heads the Senate Committee on Tourism.
The government closed the Boracay to the public back in April after President Rodrigo Duterte said pollution and contamination turned its salt waters into “cesspools.”