Like a thief in the night, the decision on Boracay's six-month closure finally went down Wednesday.
According to reports, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque broke the news to the press that President Rodrigo Duterte gave his approval to the motion, which will be effective on April 26, during a Cabinet meeting.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Tourism, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources have a reached a consensus on shutting down the tourist destination "after an exhaustion decision." Regarding the affected workers in Boracay, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra was quoted by Rappler, "Calamity funds will be activated."
Basically, this means that only residents will be allowed to set foot in the local vacation hot spot. Understandably, the news put the island and its inhabitants in a somber mood.
Despite the assurance of compensation for employment taking a big hit, some netizens still can't help but worry about the displaced employees and lost revenue.
Others expressed concern over the timing of the shutdown and the granting of a proposed $500-million casino-resort to be built in Boracay since the government says they are pushing for a rehabilitation of the isalnd.
If anything, summer havens that have yet to be discovered will benefit from this new regulation. Although people flocking to other virgin beaches will also have its disadvantages.
At least use the travel getaway's official name.