According to a Facebook post by the Mangrove Protection & Information Center, Siargao’s Sugba Lagoon will be closed for its annual environmental recovery and rehabilitation from January 10 to February 10, 2019.
Similar to last year, the month-long closure of the popular tourist destination in Del Carmen Town will be used to upgrade, repair, and to construct new facilities to accommodate the growing number of tourists and visitors.
With the summer months fast approaching, the lagoon’s delicate ecosystem will need time to rest and to thrive without disturbance.
After its 2018 rehabilitation, municipal tourism officer, Leilani C. Lipio, announced a cap of only 100 guest per day. This rule was made in order to alleviate the pollution brought about by the uncontrolled number of visitors. It is still unclear whether the guest cap will be adjusted this year.
At present, multiple sites across the Philippines are undergoing rehabilitation.
After Boracay’s six-month closure, the government has set stricter rules to further protect the country’s islands and tourist destinations.
Another tourist site in Mindanao has followed suit with a two-month closure set for South Cotabato’s Lake Holon.
Image credit: Bong Sarmiento/www.mindanews.com
Starting January 7, local and international tourists will no longer be allowed to visit the site.
While the executive order by the T’boli Mayor orders it to be shut down for two months, the reopening date is yet to be formally announced.
During the closure, the local government will also be conducting trainings on rehabilitation and biodiversity assessment.
These closures might seem alarming to the regular traveler, but in the long run, as shown by Boracay’s progress, they can be very beneficial to the environment.
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