Published: Tuesday 24 April, 2018

Boracay Turns Green with Thick Algae 2 Days Before Closure on April 26

As if justifying the closure of Boracay, a thick blanket of algae has turned its beaches green. Photos taken of Boracay’s once white sand beaches show green algae covering parts of it as the waves carry it to the shore.

Boracay will be officially closed to tourists on Thursday, April 26. This week, residents, workers and business owners go through the task of preparing for the closure. According to social media posts, some establishments are already partially closed. Many have started to lay off workers or, at least, put them on forced leave. Others businesses still open offer limited services and menu.

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Tourists are still arriving, taking advantage of the last few days before the closure. But they know that on or before Thursday, they have to leave. A big contingent of law enforcers are already on the island with the task of making sure the directive of the national government is implemented.

“At a distance, you see white sand. But you go into the water, it’s smelly. Smell of what? Shit because everything that goes out in Boracay … it’s destroying the environment or the Republic of the Philippines and creating a disaster,” said President Rodrigo R. Duterte in February as he described Boracay as a cesspool.

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There is still an ongoing debate on whether a total closure is necessary but the government is firm in its decision. Boracay had long been neglected – by the local government and even by its residents and stakeholders, that the closure and rehabilitation is necessary. And the the green algae on the water seems to prove this.





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