Temporary Boracay closure worries business groups


FILE PHOTO: Boracay at sunset

MANILA, Philippines — Marilyn Benito has been working as a massage therapist on the island of Boracay for more than 20 years now.

She earns P1,500 a day from doing massage.

It is where she gets her family’s daily expenses since her husband stopped working after falling ill.

Marilyn is worried about her family’s survival once the government pushes through with its plan to temporarily shut down the island.

“We are waiting to know what would happen to our jobs, to our daily source of income,” said Benito.

She is just one of the more than 300 members of the Malay Boracay Vendors, Peddlers, Masseurs, Manicurist Association (MABOVEN), a group of women who might experience the impact of the planned closure of Boracay.

The Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI) has also expressed worry over the result of the meeting of the president’s Cabinet members regarding the issue involving the Boracay Island.

The BFI president Nenette Graf said they do not know what to do since they are the ones who will experience the direct impact of the closure.

She said they did not anticipate the rehabilitation of Boracay would end up with the island’s closure.

“Wag ho naming kaming iclose lalo naman ung mga sumunod talaga sa lahat ng patakardoan. Wala po kaming preparasyon na ganun kahaba,” said Graf.

(Don’t close us down especially since we really follow regulations. We have not prepared for it.)

They appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte not to close down the island, and that they will help with its rehabilitation.

An estimated of 130 hotels and resort assocations will be affected by the planned closure, aside from the thousands of workers who might lose their jobs. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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