The Search is Over – Dirty Diaper Recovered!

It is now safe to once again enter the waters at Boracay!

The Department of Environment and Natural Resourses (DENR) last Sunday disclosed that the “poopy” diaper buried in the white sands of the newly rehabilitated Boracay Island has been recovered. DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda was quoted as saying “We are happy that this is resolved and we can now bury this problem.”
Crappy Tourists!
A couple of weeks have passed since a portion of the island’s Station 1 was shut-down to tourists after a video surfaced of a supposed Chinese tourist allowing her son to finish his poop-job on the beach in the shallow waters. The video showed the woman washing her son’s duppa in the water while another woman was seen burying the “disasterous” diaper.
It was DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu that ordered the beach closure to search for the dispicable diaper, then lifted the cordon and the swimming ban last week after the testing the waters for coliform was negative.  “The coliform test for water samples taken on August 14, 2019 by EMB-R6 showed safe levels at >1 mpn/100 ml (where the standard is set at not exceeding 100mpn/100ml),” the DENR said.
The suspected foreign tourists who violated the environmental laws of Boracay however are still being sought after. Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat confirmed that the Department is coordinating with tour operators to identify the offenders and will hold them accountable. The DENR reiterated that the “Pooping incident” will promote and intensify an information drive on environmental rules and regulations that are currently in place on Boracay. Natividad Bernardino, the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group head and also a DENR official, said that the defecation incident is a wake-up call for them. She stated that local and foreign tourists shall be encouraged to adhere to the laws for “sustainable tourism and to observe the rules and regulations currently in place while vacationing at this island paradise. Distribution of “Do’s & Don’ts” pamphlets are being planned via the air carriers who bring tourists to the islands. The pamphlets also instruct visitors about the proper way to dispose of garbage and the policy against defecation at the Boracay beach,” Bernardino said. She added that because the majority of foreign visitors on the island are from China and South Korea, the BIARMG is also considering adding additional foreign languages to the current beachfront signage against littering, smoking and carrying of glass bottles, among others. The BIARMG is the agency that is responsible for monitoring Boracay’s rehabilitation which includes regular water quality assessment on the beach,  infrastructure improvements, and the road construction being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways. The closure of Boracay lasted six months in 2018 for environmental rehabilitation and ecological restoration and reopened for visitors in October 2018, with stronger rules set for tourists and visitors. 
Hopefully all this yellow tape will not wind up in the ocean!

About the author: Arel (Filipino for R.L.) first arrived in the Western Pacific in 1974, and has been coming and going ever since. He and his filipina wife of 33 years moved to the Philippines in 2013 and now share residency and travel between the Philippines and the island of Guam. He pulls no punches when he blogs about life, liberty, and happiness under the tropic sun, all the while Living in the Pacific… the Western Pacific – One Day at a Time!

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