The Aklan provincial government calls for a synchronize data on tourist arrivals in Boracay Island after the Department of Tourism (DOT) claimed that the Island breached the carrying capacity during Holy Week.
“There was a problem with the data. The numbers did not synchronize. It should be synchronized,” Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores said based on the report by Manila Bulletin.
Miraflores refuted DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat's claim that there were 21,252 tourists who visited last April 14 (Holy Thursday) and another 22,519 tourists on April 15 (Good Friday).
He clarified that only 12,176 new tourists arrived in Boracay on April 14 and that 4,320 tourists also left the Island resort that day.
Furthermore, he pointed out that the numbers of tourists are based on the terminal and environmental fees paid by each visitor to the Aklan provincial government, which manages the Jetty port.
On 2018, the national government set a threshold of the carrying capacity in Boracay Island which is 19,215 tourists at any given time on the fact that, on average, tourists stay two nights and three days.
Meanwhile, the average daily arrivals should only be at a capacity of 6,405 visitors.
“But in reality, we cannot really track that,” Mayor Frolibar Bautista of Malay town said.
Both Bautista and Miraflores called for an updated version of Boracay’s carrying capacity with emphasis on synchronizing data of tourists, tourism workers and local residents.
Meanwhile, local government officials and even business owners appealed to increase the carrying capacity of Boracay to boost the economy of the Island.
However, despite their appeal to the national government, it was rejected and said the carrying capacity will remain at least until next year, according to the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF).
(Manila Bulletin, Inquirer)