Man needs nature, but nature doesn’t need man.
In fact, nature is better off without man.
Natural resources have built-in, natural self-healing powers.
For instance leave seas, beaches oceans, rivers, forests and jungles alone, and they thrive.
This has been observed in countless places abandoned by man after it has become unproductive for industrial or commercial uses.
Bodies of water comeback to life with abundant aquatic resources, barren lands begin to grow lush greenery, and wildlife returns to their natural habitat.
But why are we telling you this? When you can always watch The National Geographic Channel ?
Boracay is a good, bad example of man’s abuse and mindless greed.
Locked down the resort island and watch it heal itself. But let man help it along the road to recover it.
And so following public consultations and series of inter-agency meetings among the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Tourism (DOT), a decision has been made to recommend the total closure of Boracay.
At a press conference at the DOT office in Makati, Environment and Resources Sec. Roy Cimatu bared that about 937 illegal structures within forest lands and wetlands have been identified while 102 structures were found violating easement law in the island.
The recommendation is a maximum one year closure, effective one month after its declaration by the President.
According to Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo, President Rodrigo R. Duterte was already informed of the inter-agency group's decision.
During the briefing, DILG chief Eduardo Año said programs by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Social Welfare and Development are ready for the island's laborers bound to be affected by the closure.
In an earlier interview, Teo said total closure eases government's rehabilitation efforts on the island.
She also added that such sacrifice would benefit the Philippines once Boracay is revived into its pristine condition.
"Sa akin naman, if we do it, after this, dadami talaga yung turista -- yung arrivals (For me, if we do it, after this, there will be more tourists' arrivals)...we will be affected by this, but we have to sacrifice."
After the issue that plagued Boracay, Teo said the public must understand the importance of preserving and protecting nature destinations in the Philippines
"At least after this Boracay, (dapat) lahat maging conscious na. Kailangan ayusin na natin ang kalikasan (At least, after this Boracay, all should be conscious. We should all take care of the environment)."
At present, DOT is monitoring prominent tourist spots such as Siargao, Palawan, and Bohol to prevent what happened in Boracay.
Our thoughts exactly.