Have you seen those photos showing bottles and trash in the sea left by vacationers on the seashore after the holidays dubbed “Laboracay”? Disturbing, isn’t it?
But the local government unit already expanded its restrictions. The municipal council of Malay which covers the island-resort has submitted an ordinance regulating drinking of alcoholic beverages in public areas in the town, including beaches. Drinking of alcoholic beverages will be banned within five meters of riverbanks, public parks and beach areas.
The ban also includes public areas such as six meters from roads, streets, sidewalks and grounds. Violators will be sanctioned P500.00 for the first offense, P1,000.00 for the second offense, and P2,500.00 or imprisonment of 30 days for succeeding offenses.
There was also a separate ordinance passed that prohibits smoking beyond the vegetation line to lessen the throwing of cigarette butts at the beach.
According to the municipal council, the restrictions are implemented to minimize trash by those who bring drinks and food on the beach, and to protect both residents and tourists, and the environment.