Sunday, March 25, 2018

Death Of Baguio Is Soon

For iilustration purposes only/Photo credit from the web
It has been settled that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Tourism (DOT) will endorse to President Duterte closure of Boracay Island for 6 months, starting on April 26, to tourists, both foreign and domestic.

This is to fix the problems of traffic, sewerage and garbage, illegal encroachment into wetlands and forestlands, and much more. This should be enough to give the people and the government much-needed time to fix these problems, rather than the supposedly planned closure for one year.

Demands from businesses located in Boracay not to pursue the closure wll not sway the decision of the government agencies previously mentioned, and this should serve as an example to other tourist spots in the Philippines that the Duterte administration is taking action and will bring back the former glory of Boracay.

There were reports from DENR that Coron Bay will be next, as it contains dangerously high levels of fecal coliform. These bacteria are found in both animal and human waste. This has happened because Coron has no proper sewage system. They endanger not only the people who come in contact with them but also the mangroves of Coron.

Surfing Siargao/Photo from Expert Vagabond

White Beach, Puerto Galera/Photo credit to owner
Panglao, El Nido, Puerto Galera, and Siargao have also these problems. Though their problems are quite minor compared to what Boracay and Coron are facing, they could worsen in a couple of years if not paid attention to.

Not only are our sea-based tourist spots are being bombarded with problems, Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, is also experiencing some dilemma.

Session Road in Baguio/Photo credit from the web

Baguio has now a population of about 400,000 which can increase to 1.5 million during the Panagbenga Flower Festival, yet it only has a capacity of 20,000 people.

A lot of establishments do not own parking lots. Some hotels have parking areas yet they are only for 10 vehicles or less. Traffic is extremely bad and is even worse during holidays, especially summer.

Aside from the traffic problem, Baguio also faces problems like overpopulation, pollution (air, noise, land), inadequate water supply, illegal logging, levelling of mountain slopes to build more infrastructures, and the list goes on.

These problems, if not put to an end, will be the death of Baguio. It is a wise decision by the incumbent administration to start with Boracay and Coron, but they should also consider what is happening right now in Baguio, because sooner or later our beloved summer capital of the Philippines will be no more than just a bland destination past its glory.

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Source: PhilStar

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