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.
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