Boracay shuts ports, evicts tourists as six-month cleanup begins

A policeman asks a tourist to leave the beach during the shutdown of the holiday island of Boracay, on April 26, 2018.
A policeman asks a tourist to leave the beach during the shutdown of the holiday island of Boracay, on April 26, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

BORACAY - The most famous island resort in the Philippines, Boracay, officially shut its ports and doors to tourists on Thursday (April 26) as it began a six-month cleanup. The exercise will involve tearing down illegal structures, building more sewerage infrastructure and widening a spine road.

"It's depressing. Everybody has accepted the fact that Boracay is already closed," Mr Peter Tay, 45, a Singaporean who owns a travel agency on the island, told The Straits Times.

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