DENR to employ control card system in Boracay Island

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2018   •   5187

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BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is working double time prior to the reopening of Boracay Island on October 26.

The agency along with the local government unit in Aklan and other stakeholders are now finalizing the regulations to be imposed 36 days before its soft opening.

Based on DENR’s study, the island can accommodate up to 60,000 people as its ideal carrying capacity is expected to produce nine tons of waste materials on the average.

In order to control the possible influx of residents on the island, the agency is planning to employ a control card system in the island

DENR would only allow up to 19,000 tourists a day who would be required to pass through service operators for monitoring.

Once we hit the critical mark then that’s a red flag for us already to say they have to be able to present their reservations for the hotels that are compliant so that we can advise the hotels that we are already over the limit,” said Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores.

The number of vehicles on the island will also be trimmed down and old tricycles will be replaced with e-trikes.  Hotels, meanwhile, will only be allowed with one service vehicle.

The agency will set up its own satellite office in the island that will ensure that the regulations are strictly followed.

Hotels are subject to performance monitoring and evaluations especially in terms of waste disposal management.

Floating piers will be set up during the soft opening to make it easier for tourists to reach their destination on the island.

A dry run of the soft opening will be held on October 15. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

Swab test sa mga turista, muling ipatutupad sa Boracay Island

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

Muling ipatutupad ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Aklan ang negative RT-PCR testing bilang requirement sa lahat ng mga bibisita sa Boracay Island.

Epektibo ito simula sa araw ng Linggo, Enero 9.

Sakop ng polisiya ang ang lahat ng bisita, bakunado man o hindi kontra COVID-19.

Ang RT-PCR test requirement ay muling ipapatupad sa gitna ng dumarami na namang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Noong nakaraang taon ay inalis ang nasabing requirement para sa mga bisita dahil sa pagbaba ng kaso ng COVID-19 at pagtaas ng bilang ng mga nababakunahan.

DOT welcomes Aklan LGU move to waive RT-PCR test for fully-vaxxed tourists

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed the measure of the Aklan local government unit (LGU) to no longer require confirmatory swab tests for fully vaccinated tourists visiting Boracay Island starting next week.

“The DOT welcomes the announcement of Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores on the decision to waive the RT-PCR test for fully vaccinated tourists as a requirement to enter Boracay starting November 16,” the DOT said in a statement.

Miraflores made the announcement Friday. However, he stressed that guests will still need to present proof of vaccination upon their arrival on the island.

Visitors to Boracay need to show their vaccination card with a QR code from the issuing LGU or a vaccination certificate from the VaxCertPH under DICT website.

Miraflores also underscored that unvaccinated individuals or those who only received one-dose of a two-shot regime still need to present a negative swab test result.

The easing of restrictions comes after over 94% of tourism workers in the island have completed their vaccine doses against COVID-19.

The DOT noted that in the last two months, Boracay experienced a “dramatic increase” of tourist arrivals, with a total of 32,452 visitors in October.

“We hope to see even more visitors for the months of November and December, given this positive development, and ensure everyone’s safety altogether now that Boracay’s fully vaxxed tourism workers are at 94%, while it’s entire eligible population is at 70% vaccinated,” the department said.

 

Turismo sa Boracay Island, unti-unti nang sumisigla

Robie de Guzman   •   November 2, 2021

Umabot sa 2,371 na mga turista ang pumasok sa Isla ng Boracay noong Sabado, Oktubre 30 kasunod ng pagluluwag sa travel restrictions sa gitna ng pandemya.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Malay, ito ang pinakamaraming bilang ng mga turistang dumating sa isla sa loob ng isang araw buhat nang muli itong buksan sa mga turista noong Oktubre.

Kahit required pa rin ang swab test sa mga fully vaccinated, pinakamarami pa rin sa mga dumating na bisita ang mula sa National Capitol Region na sinundan ng mga taga-Aklan at Iloilo City.

Umaasa ang Department of Tourism na mas marami pang mga bakasyunista na mula sa Luzon at ibang lugar ang bibista sa isla kapag tuluyan nang inalis ang swab test requirement.

“Sa ngayon talagang still we are emphasizing for the health and safety protocols ng mga tourist natin, as well as paunti-unting bumabangon yung ekonomiya natin,” ani Felix Delos Santos Jr., ang Malay Chief Tourism Operations Officer.

Pinalawig na rin ang curfew hours sa Boracay. Mula sa dating alas-9:00 ng gabi hanggang alas-4:00 ng madaling araw ay gagawin na itong alas-dose ng hatinggabi hanggang alas-4:00 ng madaling araw.

Layon nito na mas masulit ng mga turista ang kanilang bakasyon at mas ma-appreciate ang ganda ng Boracay.

Mas mahaba na rin ang night life para sa mga bakasyunista pero bawal pa rin ang disco bar.

Umapela naman ang Philippine Chamber of Commerce Aklan chapter na mas palawigin rin ang business operating hours sa isla upang mabigyan din ng pagkakataon ang mga negosyante na makabawi.

Samantala, titiketan ang mga turista sa isla ng boracay na hindi sumusunod sa minimum health protocols na ipinapatupad ng IATF.

Pagmumultahin ng P2,500 ang mahuhuling walang suot na facemask.

Walang maaaring idahilan ang mga turistang mahuhuli dahil mahigpit itong ipinaalala sa kanila bago makapasok sa isla na nakasaad sa bagong IATF resolution.

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