By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – A portion of the beachfront of world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province has been temporarily closed after a video went viral, showing Chinese tourists dumping human waste in the area.
“At least 100 meters of the beach front was closed to tourists beginning this morning” said Natividad Bernardino, chief of the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG).
A video has gone viral on social media sites since it was uploaded Tuesday, showing a woman helping a child relieve herself along the shoreline, while another person was shown burying diapers in the sand a few meters away.
Bernardino told Manila Bulletin in a phone interview Wednesday that the local government of Malay has already cordoned off the area near the iconic Willy’s Rock along Station 1.
Bernardino said the temporary closure of the 100-meter area of the beach will be imposed, pending the results of water samples taken by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB).
“The area is closed for 48 hours or until Friday morning,” Bernardino noted.
“We have to make sure the area is safe for swimming,” Bernardino added.