Aerial shot of Boracay after its six-month rehabilitation
BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines — Hotels and resorts in Boracay that have not passed the set environmental standards to operate should not accept booking reservations.
According to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, these establishments should stop promoting online until they complete the requirements mandated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Puyat warned that these establishments may face charges for doing so.
“The actions of these non-compliant establishments in soliciting and or accepting booking reservations may be considered deceptive and may subject them to civil liability and suits,” said Romulo-Puyat.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año added that establishments should be 100 percent compliant before they will be allowed to operate.
This is to avoid any confusion that may cause negative impact on tourists planning to visit Boracay.
Some hotels are also having difficulty in getting new environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for not having a proper waste disposal.
Aside from that, the easement rule is also not followed by establishments along the white beach and even beside the road.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu reiterated,”The rule is very clear, non-compliant no operation. Ganun lang ka simple. And it should be 100 percent compliant hindi 95 percent [or] 90 percent.”
When asked what will happen to non-compliant establishments that insist on operating, Cimatu said, ” We will padlock it.”
Meanwhile, a hotel in Boracay was found to have a falsified DENR permit.
According to Cimatu, they were able to identify the culprit as an employee of the owner of the hotel.
A law suit will be filed by the DENR against the individual who falsified the document
“Falsification of documents against the person gumawa ng ganun. Pag inincrimate niya yung boss niya, bahala sila,” Cimatu said.
The Boracay Interagency Task Force required the establishments in Boracay to be compliant with the standards of DENR, the DILG and the DOT for them to finally be able to operate on the island.
Puyat added that they will continue accepting applications for compliance even after the soft opening on October 26. – Vincent Arboleda