It seems that plans are going according to schedule for the rehabilitation for Boracay island, a popular tourism hotpsot that fell victim to poor environmental management. Rehabilitation efforts are currently ongoing, but the end is in sight. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in an interview that the DOT is firm on October 26 as the island’s reopening.
Rehabilitation efforts are headed by Environment Secretary Roy Cliamtu, chairman of the taskforce created for this project. The goal of the island’s 6 month shutdown was to address the dire environmental state of the island, and conduct extensive rehabilitation measures to restore the beaches and waterfronts to their previous pristine condition.
Secretary Romulo Puyat stressed, however, that only establishments found to be compliant with Boracay’s environmental laws will be allowed to open.
“May listahan kami ng mga hotels na compliant sa environmental laws. Ang mga compliant lang ang magbubukas this October 26 (We have a list of hotels compliant to environmental laws. Only those compliant will be allowed to open on October 26),” she told reporters in the same interview.
She cites that now, two months away from the opening date, only about 30 percent of Boracay’s multitude of businesses are compliant. The small island is home to over 1,000 unique establishments.
The closure of Boracay began in April 26 under mandate of the Duterte administration, as an effort to address the poor sewage system and other environmental concerns plaguing the island.