Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is taking the right direction when she declared the start of a “culture of sustainable tourism” in the Philippines starting with the reopening of a cleaner Boracay today, and warned other tourist destinations will be next in the government’s drive to protect the environment. The tourism chief sent a written “warning” to other top Philippine tourist draws including El Nido and Panglao islands in Bohol province. She might as well include Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro province, Coron Island in Palawan and other exotic coastal areas that have been luring thousands of local and foreign tourists. Boracay has been overdeveloped to meet the rising tide of tourists visiting its white powdery sands. Several hotel accommodations with no decent sewerage facilities were erected on the island, resulting in sea pollution that prompted President Duterte to describe Boracay as a cesspool. Mountains of garbage, an overflowing sewer system and a carnival-like atmosphere have stained the image of Boracay and endangered its ecosystem.