LOOK: Boracay 57 days after closure for rehabilitation

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Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol provided several photos of Boracay Island 57 days after it was closed to tourists to give way for a 6-month rehabilitation and clean-up program. The agriculture chief said the Inter-Agency Task Force has achieved “dramatic accomplishments.”

DA photo via Manny Piñol

According to Piñol, photos were taken by a team of the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Office VI.

“Boracay Island was closed to tourists on April 26, 2018 on orders of President Rody Duterte who said that the popular vacation destination which draws tourists around the world because of its blue waters and white sand beach has degenerated into a cesspool because of neglect and extreme commercialism,” Piñol said.

The said island is expected to open again for tourists in October.

DA photo via Manny Piñol

Piñol said during the 26th Meeting of the Cabinet this month, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat asked whether the October 26 scheduled opening of the island would push through.

“President Duterte referred her question to Secretary Cimatu, head of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Rehabilitation of Boracay Island, who assured the Cabinet that the island will reopen on Oct. 26 and tourists could start flying in Oct. 27,” he said.

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