Boracay is popularly known for its white sand beaches and as one of the top vacation destinations in the world for relaxation and nightlife. It has been a go-to place for families and tourists alike for therapeutic days by the sea and year-long fun under the sun.
Travel magazines all over the world also recognized Boracay as one of the best island getaways in the world. It was listed at the top of Travel + Leisure’s top 10 in 2012 over the likes of Bali and Maui, as well as a Top Destination of 2016 by Condé Nast Traveler.
This tiny island received the same recognition by Condé Nast Traveler when its readers picked Boracay as this year’s one of the “Best Islands in the World,” along with Palawan and Siargao, despite its closure due to irresponsible waste disposal and mistreatment.
Now it has been almost a month since Boracay was reopened to the general public. As expected, the Department of Tourism (DOT), with Secretary Berna Romulo Puyat at the helm, is taking steps to ensure that the famed tourist spot remains protected.
In a Facebook post, Sec. Berna Puyat shared the “Oath for a Better Boracay” that the agency has been handing out to visitors. Included in the oath are promises to maintain the island’s cleanliness maintenance, wildlife protection, and natural terrain preservation.
She further encouraged locals and visitors alike to read and sign the oath, even though this is not a requirement to enter Boracay.
Small efforts like these show that Filipinos are willing to learn from past mistakes in order to have a sustainable future.