Negros Occidental won't suffer Boracay's fate

THE Negros Occidental Provincial Government has assured the public that the environmental issues hounding Boracay Island will not happen in the province especially on its beaches and other tourist destinations.

Ma. Lina Sanogal, Provincial Planning and Development Office head, said local government units in the province, as well as resort and establishment owners, follow the land use planning and regulations.

"The Boracay situation is different from our beaches. Boracay is too crowded and over construction has been happening. We have enough spaces and the beaches' facilities here are far from the seas," Sanogal pointed out.

The influx of tourists is expected in the province, especially in Sipalay City and Hinoba-an, because of the pollution and sanitation issues hounding Boracay.  

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he will close down Boracay.

Sanogal said the situation in Boracay will not happen in the province’s tourist destinations, as monitoring is constantly done by the local government units.

For his part, Hinoba-an Mayor Ernesto Estrao also assured the public that they are making sure that resort owners follow the proper way of disposing of their wastes so that they won't contaminate the beaches.

"Before they construct their facilities to accommodate tourists, we make sure that a public hearing is done and that inspection is regularly done by the concerned office under the municipal government. Owners are also required to submit their structural plan before they are given the go signal for the construction," Estrao said.

At present, there are about 20 beach resorts in Hinoba-an.
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