>> The Philippines holiday island of Boracay is all set to go on it's own vacation for the next six months. The country's government began the mammoth sized task of cleaning up the beaches there on Thursday on orders from President Rodrigo Duterte, that means closing Boracay to tens of thousands of tourists who have until now flock there each day.
It's all part of the process to restore damage to the local environment for ramp and development that cost Duterte to call Boracay a cesspool. Many of the island's residents are unhappy about the ban on visitors, both business owners and workers are worried about how they'll make a living while they wait for tourists to return.
> Boracay is sad and lifeless now because when you go out on the streets and the beaches, there is almost no one, no one walking about.>> The Philippines government has offered compensation to residents, other locals though are happy Boracay is checking in for rehab. After the first time in many years, the beach will be all theirs to enjoy.