MANILA: Scores of holiday resorts on the famous white-sand island Boracay have been given two months to clean up or face closure, officials said on Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte warned tourists were swimming in waters polluted by feces. Many of these businesses are accused of using the island’s drainage system to send untreated sewage into the sea, officials said. Otherwise, we will close them,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said in a statement posted on his agency’s website. Officials will also investigate businesses that put up buildings in protected parts of the island. It has some 500 tourism-related businesses, although most of the island’s supplies have to be shipped in from nearby ports.
Source: Manila Times February 14, 2018 12:45 UTC