MANILA- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said Thursday it wants a "zero-tolerance policy" against litterbugs in Boracay island.
This after trash was spotted in some areas of the island's beachfront during the dry run of its soft opening last Monday.
"Nagmamahal kayo sa ating kalikasan, at yun ang gusto namin palakasin," Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said in a statement.
(You are nature lovers and we want to strengthen that.)
Antiporda reminded the public that violators of the Anti-Littering Law could face a fine or be made to render community service from 8 to 16 hours.
He added that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) also supports the proposal to implement citizen’s arrest against those caught littering.
The agency is set to hold talks with the police over the matter, he said.
During the 11-day dry run, the government is given a chance to check the island’s water quality, solid waste management, and transportation system ahead of the soft opening on Oct. 26.
Boracay, once dubbed by President Rodrigo Duterte as a "cesspool," was closed to tourists for half a year to give way to its rehabilitation, including expanding the sewage system and demolishing illegal structures.
In 2017, around 3.7 million tourists flew to Boracay, known for its white-sand beaches, data from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines showed.