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DOT releases partial list of compliant hotels and resorts in Boracay

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018


Drone shot of Boracay Island


BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – While rehabilitation efforts of the government as well as accreditation of establishments in Boracay are still on-going, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has released a partial list of compliant hotels and resorts on the island.

Twenty-five hotels and resorts are included in the first list of compliant establishments in Boracay island that have complied with the requirements asked by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and DOT.

Based on the list released through DOT’s official Facebook page, a total of 2,063 rooms will be able to receive reservations for the re-opening of the island on October 26.

According to Attorney Helen Catalbas, DOT-6 regional director, the department plans to release updated lists of compliant establishments on a weekly basis.

“We have four teams assigned in Boracay to conduct inspection of the standards according to DOT accreditations of the establishments there. Even if you are DENR compliant, you are DILG compliant, you still have to hurdle the standard requirements of the Department of Tourism to get accredited,” said Catalbas.

Meanwhile, the tourism department also advised tourists planning to visit Boracay Island to avoid making reservations perchance or walk-ins. “We discourage doing ‘chance’ (reservation) in that the moment they arrive in the island, that’s when they will book (for an accommodation). Because perhaps when they arrive on the island and their hotel and resort are not compliant, they could no longer get an accommodation,” Catalbas explained.

Rather than leaving it perchance, the Tourism Department said it would be better to make sure that the establishment they’re planning to stay in while in Boracay is compliant to the requirements of the concerned agencies to avoid inconvenience.

The DOT is targeting 5,000 foreign and local tourists for the re-opening of the island on October 26. – UNTV News & Rescue 




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LIST: 11 Chinese, Korean businesses in Boracay ordered closed

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Aerial shot of Boracay establishments

Several business establishments owned by foreign nationals on Boracay island have been ordered closed by the government.

In a list released on Tuesday, eleven restaurants and other businesses mostly owned by Chinese and Korean nationals were shut down for lack of necessary permits to operate.

Establishments ordered for closure are listed below:

1. Bella’s Bar and Restaurant

2. Great Wall Inn and Restaurant

3. Old Captain Cuisine

4. Ken Minimart

5. Ken St.

6. Island Staff Restaurant

7. Coco Spa

8. Kim Ji Man

9. W Hostel Boracay Dragon

10. VIP Souvernir Shop

11. YH World Network Services, Inc.

The list was released by the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group following a crackdown and inspection of businesses with names and signage written in foreign characters from May 7 to May 9, 2019.

Out of the 49 establishments inspected, the 11 stores listed were found without mayor’s permit while 14 were unable to complete requirements in putting up a business as stated in a local ordinance.

Closure order for these establishments has been issued by the Office of the Municipal Mayor following a recommendation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Authorities said these establishments will not be allowed to operate until they are found to be compliant with the local ordinance articulating the process that must be followed when opening a business in the world-renowned island. (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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DOT warns public vs transport providers using unauthorized logo

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has warned the public against transport providers using an unauthorized logo of the department.

Based on their public advisory released on Tuesday (April 30), there are transport providers that use overcharged rate cards containing the logo of the tourism department.

“The Department reminds the public that pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 2018-03 otherwise known as “ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PROGRESSIVE ACCREDITATION SYSTEM (PAS) AND ITS IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES”, only accredited tourism enterprises can display in a conspicuous place in their establishment the DOT Tourism Quality Seal and Accreditation Number,” the DOT advisory reads.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) also released an advisory on the issue.

The tourism department also clarified that it does not impose tariff rates “for all the Accredited Tourism Transportation Services (i.e., yellow metered, coupon taxi, and yellow taxi stationed at the airport).”

They encourage individuals to report bogus cards to authorities.

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Beach goers warned against ‘bluebottle jellyfish’ spotted in Boracay Island

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2019

BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines — Environment authorities in Western Visayas warned beach goers to steer clear of the venomous ‘bluebottle jellyfish’ spotted ashore the east coast of Boracay Island and along Puka Beach.

‘Bluebottle jellyfish’ venom is powerful enough to kill fishes and their sting is painful, though unlikely life-threatening to humans.

“Although there are no sightings of this species on the front beach, we still appeal to the public to remain vigilant and never touch these creatures as their stingers are still active even if they are out of the water,” According to the advisory of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) posted on DENR-Western Visayas website.

Authorities remind the public that if stung by a “bluebottle jellyfish”, immediately approach the deployed life guards along the beach for first aid.

Although very rare, it is possible that bluebottle sting may result to anaphylactic shock or severe allergic reaction which can be fatal.

In such a case, immediate medical help should be sought.

‘Bluebottle jellyfish’ also known in Atlantic Portuguese as “man-of-war”, is common in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. – Marje Pelayo

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