Tourist enjoying the Boracay Beach
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has released the updated general guidelines for the six-month rehabilitation program of Boracay Island.
One of the revisions include the swimming guidelines.
In the initial guidelines, Angol Beach in Station 3 is identified as the sole swimming area in the island.
But with the new policy, the swimming area was moved to Station 1.
To identify the open area for swimming, buoys will be placed.
Another change in the guidelines is the provision on floating structures. From the original 15 kilometers, floating structures are only allowed to be set within three kilometers from the shoreline.
Also included in the new guidelines is the fishing policy.
According to the DILG update, fishing is allowed anywhere in the island despite the closure.
However, the coast guard said fishermen should have identification cards.
“Pwede mangisda as long as na taga-Boracay sila (Fishing is allowed as long as they are residents of Boracay). Ang gobyerno hindi naman pahirapan ang tao sa Boracay (The government will not let the people of Boracay suffer),” said Lt. Commander Ramil Palabrica, chief of the PCG-Caticlan station. —UNTV News & Rescue