Ever since Boracay’s recent reopening, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has been urging people to sign a Boracay oath to do their part in keeping the island clean. Though the pledge is not a requirement, DOT’s Berna Puyat believes that this will help maintain Boracay’s natural beauty.
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The “Oath to a Better Boracay” is currently being handed out to all travelers entering the island as part of the department’s sustainable tourism advocacy.
The oath goes hand in hand with the island’s new set of rules that both visitors and establishments have follow. A strict “no compliance, no opening policy” is implemented for all hotels and commercial establishments on the island.
While partying, smoking, and drinking is no longer allowed on the beach, there are still a number of restaurants, clubs, and bars where these activities are permitted. It’s all a matter of doing things in the proper place, and being mindful of your surroundings.
The local government, in partnership with a private company, have installed multiple trash bins around the beach to aid in proper disposal of waste.
In fact, an anti-littering ordinance is currently being enforced, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) allowing a citizen’s’ arrest on those caught littering.
Violators could get fined up to P1,000 on their first offense and could face imprisonment of up to six months for repeat offenders.
Hopefully, after the six-month shutdown of Boracay, we all learned to take better care of our surroundings. Let this oath serve as a guide to help us be more responsible travelers even beyond Boracay.
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