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DOT releases partial list of compliant hotels and resorts in Boracay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   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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Few hotels, resort lodgings join Boracay reopening

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2018

Aerial shot of Boracay


BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – Only a few hotels and resort lodgings were able to comply with the requirements for the reopening of Boracay Island on Friday (October 26).

From more than 400 hotels and resorts, only 157 were able to open after securing permits and environmental compliance certificates for passing the government’s building standards and sewage system requirements.

Construction materials are still visible around Boracay as rehabilitation works are expected to run six more months before completion.

Some establishment owners were compelled to demolish their own structures especially those located within the 30-meter easement zone from the beachfront.

Some of them complained about the waiver that is being required of them before the reopening.

Residential inn owner, Elma Vergara, whose business just opened in March one month before President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay, said she was being asked to sign a waiver, otherwise her business would be closed down. This, despite having the necessary permits for reopening.

“If I sign the waiver, it’s like suicide for me because it’s like my land will no longer be mine. It’s like turning over all my property to the government. What will happen to me? I worked in Europe for 24 years to make a living for my family, then this is what will happen to us?” said Vergara.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) explained, however, that Boracay is government-owned and the waiver does not constitute land grabbing.

“The waiver of undertaking is just in case for the future, the government needs the road they’re on, you will pose no objection on that, that you will give [your land] because that is really the government’s. Now, if you don’t sign, then we will not let you operate because the land is the government’s. We are not grabbing their land,” explained DENR Usec. Benny Antiporda.

Antiporda added that “the government is only ensuring that whatever is in Boracay serves the people and not just a few businessmen.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)



Boracay Island gets back to business with 157 compliant hotels, resorts

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2018


Aerial shot of the new Boracay Island

BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – The long wait is over.

After six months of rehabilitation, Boracay Island reopened to tourists on Friday (October 26).

Though road works and improvements are still ongoing, it is again “business as usual” to 157 hotels and resorts certified environmental law compliant by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The list, posted on the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) website, includes the number of rooms available for bookings in the entire island. Overall, there are 7,308 rooms ready to accommodate vacationers in the island.

Meanwhile, the Boracay Inter Agency Task Force (BIATF) reiterated that tourists need to present proof of room reservation from compliant hotels before they are allowed into the island.

However, Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda clarified that for those who prefer a walk-in reservation, there are assistance desks at ports to guide them with booking.

“Hindi mahirap pumasok ng Boracay. When it comes to Boracay na wala kang booking pwede kang pumili ng hotel diyan pa lang sa Caticlan Jetty Port;naroon ang listahan. Pwede ka doon mag-book dahil mayroon din doong representative ng CAB and ng DOT doon sa assistance desk natin,” Antiporda explained.

Relatives of Boracay residents may be allowed entry using their valid identification cards.

Caticlan Jetty Port opens at 6:00 a.m. to accommodate tourists and residents.

The BIATF calls on the public to cooperate as rehabilitation in Boracay remains a work in progress which will take six more months to complete. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)


DENR checks Boracay marine ecosystem in view of water sports regulation

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018


Aerial shot of Boracay Island

BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – Around 50 divers and marine biologists joined the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in assessing the marine biodiversity of the waters surrounding the paradise island on Tuesday (October 23).

The project, which was launched by DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau, involves underwater cleanup drive and setting up of flag markers specifically in major dive sites around the island.

The DENR wants to check on the status of coral reefs and other marine life around the island in order to craft appropriate regulations specifically on water sports activities.

If the corals show signs of damage, the agency will ban all water sports activities to give way for rehabilitation and marine life recovery.

The cleanup team, meanwhile, recovered assorted glass and plastic bottles underwater believed to be a result of irresponsible waste disposal from years of beachfront partying and island hopping. – Marje Pelayo

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