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Dept. of Tourism Bans Smoking, Partying and Drinking in Boracay

Following its soft opening on October 26, tourists visiting what was once dubbed the World’s Most Beautiful Island will no longer be allowed to smoke and drink in public areas and on the beach.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced that in an effort to make Boracay more family-friendly, the ban was an initiative to rid public spaces and the beach of broken glass or cigarette butts.

Puka Beach Boracay

This comes following the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) joint efforts to rehabilitate Boracay after President Duterte had it closed down last April 2018 due to sewage problems.

Apart from the ban on smoking and drinking, Romulo-Puyat announced that there will be a limit on tourists arriving, especially during “Laboracay” as to stay within the island’s carrying capacity.

In charge of determining the number of people that Boracay can accommodate at any given time is DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu. The call for more sustainable development and traveling was also made so that there would be no repeat of the island closing down.

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