The island of Boracay has been experiencing two decades of recurring issues on waste water and solid waste management that have caused a decline in tourist arrivals and therefore a loss of income. There had been outbreaks of coliform bacteria as early as 1997 that caused a 60% decline in tourist arrivals during that period.
The Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines strongly condemns the inclusion of many environmental defenders in the so-called “terror list” of the Philippine government. This is a clear attack on the environment, and people’s civil and political rights. In this time of environmental crisis, those that protect it should be considered heroes instead of terrorists.