Boracay area reopens after cleanup prompted by defecation video

Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 16 2019 03:42 PM

MANILA - A portion of Boracay island has reopened following a cleanup triggered by a viral video of a foreigner fouling up its waters with human waste, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said Friday.

Authorities on Wednesday cordoned off a 100-meter wide section of the beach in Boracay's station 1, where a foreign woman allegedly let her child defecate.

The area reopened on Thursday 4 p.m. after fecal coliform test results revealed that the waters there were "almost perfect," said Cimatu.

This week's "isolated" defecation incident serves as a "wake-up call" for vacationers, he said.

The environment department will ask the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force to consider putting up public toilets near the beach as private establishments might not allow non-paying customers to use their facilities, said Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.