(Effect of Boracay fiasco)11 Islands closed to tourists Print
Friday, 23 March 2018 17:14

By RG Antonet Go

The 11 island group is closed to tourists  pending the approval of an ordinance that will regulate activities in the island.

The closure is  based on a directive by the local goverment and the barangay of Panubigan and is an offshoot of a Presidential Directive on the environmental destruction of Boracay Island.

Jackie Magasa, Panubigan barangay chairman, said that the islands have been closed to visitors effective February, a month ushering in the summer season.

“That’s why temporarily closed ang 11 islands  para ma preserve natin kasi last time pumunta kami nandoon ang basura, vandalism. So, kung pwede hintayin kung kailan maopen ang island kasi mahirap i-open ang island kung wala pa tayong sistema,” Magasa said.

Panubigan, which has a population of 1,600, is said to be preparing for the influx of visitors once the island is opened to tourists.

Meanwhile, a second public hearing was conducted for the 11- island ordinance.

First District Councilor Benjamin B. Guingona IV said environmental impact, security aspect, and integration of community in the development were discussed during the public hearing.

Other things discussed were a jump off area, transport system, the definition of terms, uniform design of vessels, and the carrying capacity of the island which should be a maximum of 200.

Guingona said, they do not want that what happened in Boracay will happen in the island. “Ya asegura kita pasa kita un ordinance donde strict regulation. We will highlight the protection of the island.”

The 11- island group is composed of Bisaya-bisaya, Kabugan, Siromon, Baong-Baong, Buhbuh, Simadang, Salangan, Lambang-Lambang, Bagias, Lampinigan, and Sibana Islands. (RGAAGo)