Boracay closure to start on April 26 - Roque

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) — Boracay's fate has been decided upon.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the island would be closed for six months starting April 26.

Roque added it would be a total closure to tourism.

The decision came at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday where Roque said the most important item to be discussed was Boracay.

As of posting time, no additional information on the closure was available.

WATCH: Boracay: From paradise to cesspool?

The subject of Boracay's clean up and closure has been a hot topic for weeks, after President Rodrigo Duterte called it a "cesspool."

"I will close Boracay. Boracay is a cesspool," he said. "You go into the water, it's smelly. Smell of what? S**t."

In February, the President ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to clean up the island in six months.

"There will be a time that no more foreigner will go there because he will have - when he goes back to the plane to where he belongs, he will be full of s**t going back and forth to the restroom," Duterte said.

Following the President's directive, the government inter-agency council has floated the proposal of closing down the island for rehabilitation – a move that Boracay stakeholders have protested.

Stakeholders argued that a complete shutdown of the island would deprive businessmen and locals of their livelihood and appealed that the shutdown happen in stages.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra said calamity funds would be activated to tide over the thousands of workers affected by the shutdown, but he did not say what the amount would be.

According to the Interior Department, there are more than 17,000 workers stationed on the island.

Part of the rehabilitation period will include going after government officials who could be held accountable for issuing permits to owners even on no-build zones.

The Department of Environment and Natural resources (DENR) said it is now undergoing internal cleansing and may sue its people for graft and corruption.

Just today, the government of Malay town in Aklan province set a ban on new buildings for six months beginning March 13.

Malay has jurisdiction over Boracay.