Plastic trash found in Boracay shore after first day open to public

Photo: Cherie Mercado Facebook page
Photo: Cherie Mercado Facebook page

Are we back to square one?

It’s only been a day since Boracay was re-opened to the public but it looks like people are back to polluting the area. At least that’s what CNN Philippines reported Cherie Mercado said when she shared photos showing plastic cups and spoons near the shoreline.

Boracay is currently under an 11-day dry that opens it to a limited number of visitors.

Mercado, a former spokesperson of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), wrote that the photos were taken just a few hours after the dry run started yesterday and that the photos came from a resident.

“Are you guys serious? It’ll take two weeks to make it dirty once again!” she exclaims.

Boracay was ordered to be closed for six months after President Rodrigo Duterte called the popular tourist destination a “cesspool” due to its sewage problem. Since then, it has been under rehabilitation and is set to reopen fully on Oct. 26.

This is why a lot of netizens were angry to see the viral Facebook post that had over 37,000 likes and 47,000 shares as of this article’s posting. Netizens echoed the journalist’s sentiment:

Rene Durian wrote: “People are so hard-headed. When they complain, it’s endless Haaaay when will we learn?!”

Dawn Flaminia said that if people ignore just a small portion of pollution, it will grow larger.

“So even if that is just a few [plastic cups and spoons] may we learn to pick it up and to throw it where it’s supposed to be put… The litter shows just how disciplined we are as people,” she added.

Lizelle Lapez Salvan wrote: “Self-discipline most importantly and selflessness. IN EACH ONE [of us].”

Micha Lam added: “I think banning plastic is the only solution. Don’t let restaurant around the area use plastic.”

On the bright side, the island’s waters are now fit for swimming, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said that it was no longer a cesspool, the Philippine Star stated.

Earlier today, Tourism Chief Berna Romulo Puyat posted on Twitter a photo of garbage bins donated by Cebu Pacific Air.

“No more excuses to litter. Throw your trash in the garbage bins, where they belong. Keep our beaches clean and pristine,” she said in her tweet.

Let’s try and keep it that way, shall we?

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