Sumilon Island in southern Cebu launched a cleanup drive to maintain its beauty after a lot of tourists visited the island throughout Holy Week.
The official temporary shutdown of Boracay island and the viral post of the trash from Masasa Beach and other beaches shook many tourists and locals. Boracay, one of the world’s finest beaches, is closing due to piled up trash throughout the decades. After this decision, an island in Cebu is following the rehabilitation steps.
The Municipal Government of Oslob temporarily closed Sumilon Island last April 10 to 16 for “cleanup and rehabilitation.”
The local government unit, volunteers, and the stakeholders of the island united to clear the waters and shores of Sumilon island and its sandbar from the remnant trash of the Holy Week.
The 24-hectare tourist destination from Oslob’s coast in the southern part of Cebu is famous for its pristine white-sand beaches and clear waters. The island is also known for the natural lagoon filled with mangroves and a breath-taking sandbar that changes its shape depending on the tide. Enjoy the diving sites to mingle with the marine biodiversity, and experience the sightings of whale sharks.
Oslob Mayor Jose Tumulak Jr. shared the cleanup drive was decided for the rehabilitation of the island, to let it rest for 3-4 days.
On their first day, the volunteer organizations, locals, and the government accumulated more than 2 metric tons of trash within the seven-hectare radius of the closure. Various waste products found were bottles, shampoo sachets, candy wrappers, and other plastic materials.
The other 17 hectares, including Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort remained operational for the whole week. Starting April 17, visits within the sandbar area will be limited to around 522 tourists a day, said Mayor Tumulak.
When the municipal government conducted a meeting about the maintenance and rehabilitation of the island, there are different options considered.
In a phone interview, Mayor Tumulak shared that some proposed a quarterly cleanup, while others suggested a weekday schedule for visiting the island. They concluded with a solution that public part of the island (the seven-hectare part) would be closed every third Wednesday of the month.
Movements continue to clean up natural resources and maintain them for future generations. It’s time for visitors who experience the beauty of these natural resources take active steps to preserving it.
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