BORACAY, Philippines (Eagle News) – Authorities began intensifying a crackdown on illegal sand-castle making on January 6, in compliance with a municipal law prohibiting the art forms if they are used as a photography backdrop or for any other purpose for a fee.
Under the ordinance, passed in July 2007, sand-castle making as an activity in any promotional or special event may be allowed, provided the organizer secures the proper mayor’s permit that specifies that such will be conducted, and pays the regulatory fees.
Sand-castle making should also not be conducted within the six-meter stretch from the edge of the area where there is vegetation toward the beach, according to the ordinance.
According to Senior Insp. Mark Anthony Gesulga, Boracay tourist assistance center chief, they have been checking if those who engage in the activity have secured the necessary permits.
He said any person caught violating the ordinance will pay P2,500 for the first offense.
For the second and subsequent offenses, he or she will be meted out an additional penalty of no less than 30 days imprisonment, depending on the discretion of the court. (Eagle News Service)