The country’s Department of Tourism aims not only to promote tourism in the country but also to regulate tourist activities and tourism development in all parts of the country; especially those that are popular holiday destinations in the Philippines.
Boracay being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, has a Department of Tourism Field Office to provide assistance to tourists coming in from different parts of the world and also to monitor tourism activities in the island.
Regulating Tourism in the Island of Boracay
Tagged as one of the top 10 best beaches in the world, it comes as no surprise that the island of Boracay welcomes tourists by the thousands every year. Recent surveys have shown that the annual tourist influx in the island has numbered to more than half a million.
The island is relatively small and as such, there is bound to be negative effects on the island with the heavy tourist visits it experiences each year if no measures are put into place to ensure that the island is taken cared of in terms of keeping it clean and green, among other things.
Protecting the Island’s Biodiversity
A major concern of the Department of Tourism is how to protect, preserve and restore Boracay’s rich biodiversity, particularly its natural forests and coral reef systems.
Foremost among the measures that the agency has taken to task is regulating fishing activities; in particular promoting safe fishing methods foregoing dynamite fishing and other such methods that are harmful to the waters’ ecosystem.
The forests and the island’s natural environment has likewise been adversely affected by the quick progression of tourism in the island in particular, the sudden mushrooming of hotels and resorts all over the island and the construction of many other establishments whose main purpose is to earn through tourist patronage.
Pollution coming from misuse of the sewer system not to mention, the lack of proper draining facilities for the sewers, is a major threat to the island’s environment.
With all of these concerns, the Department of Tourism of Boracay has undertaken the responsibility of working out every issue in coordination with other agencies in the country established to protect the country’s environment and natural resources.
Apart from all the above-mentioned services, the Department of Tourism of Boracay likewise provides tourist services to all foreign visitors coming into the island whether for business or pleasure.
Visa requirements and visa extensions, information on accommodations and transportation around the island as well as providing other important information concerning staying in the island such as currency exchange and island tours are all undertaken by the agency.
The Department of Tourism Boracay may be reached at telephone number: +63 36 288 3689. They are located along the main road, close to D’Mall.