BORACAY – Tourists in this world-famous island are urged to respect and observe local regulations to help protect and preserve the environment, said Mayor Abram Sualog of Malay, Aklan.
Sualog said “lessons learned” during the six-month closure of Boracay Island will inspire stakeholders to engage in the ongoing rehabilitation efforts.
“Mas marami ang ating kontribusyon sa rehabilitasyon ng isla kung tayo ay magtutulungan. Una, sundin natin ang mga batas. Gaganda ang Boracay pag ma-preserve natin ang environment at mas maraming turista ang pupunta,” Sualog said last week.
He noted the strict implementation of Project Boracay Enhanced Security Strategy and Tactics (BESST) launched in February this year has reduced the high records of ordinance violations.
“Tuloy-tuloy ang ating implementasyon ng mga ordinances. Kailangang pangalagaan natin ang isla at dapat may pagbabago sa ating mga sarili,” he added.
Project BESST is also bent to discipline tourists and residents, with an active campaign against erring drivers who commits traffic rule violations.
“Responsibly aware tourists from emerging markets will help Boracay Island to minimize tourism’s negative impact to environment,” Sualog stressed. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)