most treasured island resort each day when it reopens to tourists on
October 26 after a six-month rehabilitation effort, an environment
official said on Wednesday.
is famed for its sugary white sands, turquoise waters, lively nightlife
and abundant water sports, which attracted nearly 2 million domestic
and foreign visitors last year.
island, calling it a “cesspool”, because of sewage dumped into the sea
and buildings constructed too close to the shore.
miles) from Manila, the capital, were operating without permits,
with the number of workers capped at 15,000 daily, the environment
official, Sherwin Rigor, said in a television interview.
to open each day, he added, to ensure the number of guests on the tiny
10-sq-km (4-sq-mile) island is below its “carrying capacity” of 55,000.
Natural Resources, added that authorities would ban beachfront parties,
and activities such as eating, smoking and drinking there.
billion dollars in tourism revenue every year, weighed on gross domestic
product in the second quarter. Growth slowed to a near three-year low
of 6 percent in April-June.