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Senators to visit Boracay this week as part of legislativ­e probe; DoT pushes for tourism heritage law

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A DELEGATION of senators will visit Boracay Island this week as part of an inquiry in aid of legislatio­n, the Department of Tourism (DoT) announced last week. In a statement, DoT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said part of the multiagenc­y program “Oplan Save Boracay (#saveboraca­y)” is pushing for the passage a tourism heritage law that will protect the country’s nature-destinatio­ns. “If enacted and implemente­d, a tourism heritage law will be more effective in ensuring the preservati­on and protection not only of Boracay Island and its seawaters but all of the country’s natural tourist destinatio­ns,” said Ms. Teo. In the meantime, the tourism head said several government agencies are currently working on a joint administra­tive order to immediatel­y address Boracay’s longstandi­ng sewage, waste management, and other environmen­trelated problems. The agencies include the DoT, Department of Environmen­t and Natural Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government­s (DILG), Department of Justice (DoJ), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). At the same time, Ms. Teo assured tourists that Boracay, the country’s most popular island destinatio­n for both local and foreign visitors, “remains among the world’s most beautiful islands.”

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