Council seeks stiffer fines for Boracay polluters

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The Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Malay town in Aklan province wants to impose stiffer penalties against individuals caught urinating or defecating in the beaches and public places of Boracay Island.

By imposing hefty fines, SB member Datu Sumndad said people will be discouraged to violate existing municipal ordinances.

Sumndad cited reports of a Chinese male tourist publicly urinating at the White Beach near Station 1 in Barangay Balabag last week. (

“Hindi naman tama na gawin nilang toilet ang Boracay. We feel that it is high time na taasan natin ang penalties sa mga violators, pati na sa mga tour guides at operators,” he said.

Personnel of the Malay Auxiliary Police patrolling the beach front nabbed the tourist for violating Section 4 of Municipal Ordinance No. 311 series of 2012, which prohibits urinating and defecating in public places, waterways and recreational areas in Boracay.

Under Municipal Ordinance 311, violators are penalized with a fine of P1,000 or a prison sentence of up to six months.

Last month, a video went viral showing a female tourist washing the behind of a child in the sea while another tourist was spotted burying poop-filled diaper in the beach sand near Station 1.