Project description

This series of stories looked at the numbers surrounding the tourism industry in Panglao Island, a famous beach destination in Bohol province in the Philippines. Following the temporary closure of Boracay in 2018, tourists trooped to other beaches like Panglao. In a matter of months, Panglao experienced a surge of tourist arrivals that bested its record in the previous year.

However, with the influx of tourist arrivals and generation of jobs for locals in the island comes the problem of garbage, among the reasons behind Boracay\’s temporary closure.

Using data from local government offices, the story presented Panglao\’s tourism successes as well as the current challenges in solid waste management in the island.

What makes this project innovative?

It told the story behind Panglao's tourism and solid waste management efforts in charts and graphs. Data in the Philippines – especially data at the local level – is largely untapped, so this story made Panglao-related data available to readers, and made sense of it all through this series.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

This story was supported by the Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN). The 5 articles received a combined 13,000+ pageviews since its publication.

Source and methodology

The data was sourced from regional and municipal government offices.

Technologies Used

Charts were created using Datawrapper.

Project members

Reporter: Leilani Chavez


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