ILOILO CITY—After new photos circulated online of algae at the world-famous Boracay Island, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) clarified its presence is not toxic and the waters are still safe for swimming. “This is non-toxic and should not be a cause for concern,” said Martin Jose Despi, the new general manager of the DENR-led Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG). The photos of the green algae in Boracay that circulated online were taken by Jhay-are Nabua Padilla who vacationed with his family in the island last February.
We need the parrot fish for our crucial corals, which are full of algae. We need them for the health of our waters.