TOURISTS TO PHILIPPINE BORACAY ISLAND TO SIGN OATH FOR “BETTER BORACAY”

Tourists visiting Boracay, the world-renowned Philippine beach resort which will reopen on Friday after a six-month rehabilitation, will be asked to sign an "oath" to be responsible for the cleanliness of the island.

The oath will be distributed to visitors upon entry to the resort island, according to the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Printed in a piece of paper, the oath reads as a promise to "preserve Boracay's fine white sands and clear pristine waters by neither drinking alcohol or smoking on the beach."

It also serves as a reminder for visitors to maintain the island's cleanliness through proper waste disposal, and by doing so protect the wildlife of the island as well.

Tourists will be asked to sign the oath paper, which the authorities believe will serve as a tangible affirmation of the public's support in the government's effort to bring a better Boracay.

The reopening on Friday is only a soft opening as the island is expected to undergo phases of rehabilitation until 2019.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay Island for six months starting on April 26, calling the island a "cesspool" as wastewater was discharged straight to the sea without being treated.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK