Why Boracay CLOSURE against public policy

ARTICLE II, SECTION 9. The State shall promote a just and dynamic social order that will ensure the prosperity and independence of the nation and free the people from poverty through policies that provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay, a world-famous tourist destination, for 6 months, starting on April 26. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told this to reporters on Wednesday, April 4, as a Cabinet meeting was ongoing. Duterte made his decision during the meeting.

But the Department of Trade and Industry had suggested implementing the closure in phases. Financial advisers in the Cabinet had also been concerned about the timing of the closure. April 26 is in the middle of the summer season, the busiest time of the year for Boracay. But from June to August, tourism arrivals wind down because of the rainy season. This low season would thus be covered by the 6-month closure period. Duterte announced his intention to "close" Boracay last February 10, angered by environmental violations by commercial establishments that he thinks turned the popular tourist destination into a "cesspool." (Duterte orders 6-month closure of Boracay; https://www.rappler.com/nation/199580-duterte-orders-closure-boracay-6-months)
The decision raises questions about the livelihoods of thousands employed as part of a bustling tourist trade that serves two million guests on the island each year. Boracay has 500 tourism-related businesses, which had a combined revenue of 56bn pesos ($1.07bn) last year. But in February Duterte blasted the island’s hotels, restaurants and other businesses, accusing them of dumping sewage directly into the sea and turning it into a “cesspool”. ('Cesspool': Philippines president closes billion-dollar holiday island over raw sewage; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/05/philippines-boracay-holiday-island-sewage-closed-duterte)

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