With the reopening of Boracay coming ever closer, businesses on the island are preparing for the coming wave of tourists and the fresh commerce for the community. However, the Department of Tourism (DOT) released a memo dated Oct. 13 to the island’s non-accredited establishments saying that though the island will again open it’s shores to visitors, non-compliant and non-accredited establishments cannot accept bookings.
The shut down of Boracay was a drastic measure meant to allow for the island to recover from the abuse it’s seen as a party destination. Besides beach and ocean cleanups, a vital part of the shut-down was the assessment of the waste water and sewage system. Many pipes led directly into the ocean, with no treatment.
The Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has released strict guidelines that need to be adhered to by the island’s establishments. These include requirements for establishment’s waste water systems. Complying with these requirements is necessary for an establishment to be ‘accredited’ by the DOT. Only Accredited establishments will be allowed to reopen later this month on the relaunch date, October 26.
“All Boracay Island accommodation establishments that are not compliant with DILG and DENR requirements and are not yet accredited with the Department of Tourism (DOT) are hereby strongly advised to cease and desist from making room bookings or sale for occupancy starting Oct. 26, 2018 onward until such time that all requirements for opening their establishments are in order and complete,” the advisory stated.
“Those found violating the terms of this advisory shall be dealt with full force of the law,” it added.
The list of accredited establishments as of Oct. 12 only includes 68 hotels and resort inns.