With around 7,300 rooms ready to accommodate vacationers, Boracay Island reopened to tourists on October 26, 2018 after six months of extensive rehabilitation.
157 hotels and resorts certified environmental law compliant by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The rehabilitation was a major improvement of the environmental situation of the island. Six months ago, President Duterte visited the island and was outraged by numerous environmental violations.
The island was then closed to both local and foreign tourists to give way for the rehabilitation. Today, the island is close to restoring its natural beauty.
On the other hand, the Boracay Inter Agency Task Force (BIATF) emphasized that tourists are required to present a proof of their room reservation from compliant hotels before they are allowed into the island. While for walk-in reservation, assistance desks located at ports are there to guide them with the booking. Relatives of Boracay residents are allowed to enter given that they shall present their valid identification cards.
“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.
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. Roadworks and improvements are still ongoing. The Department of Tourism is eyeing on a number of significant tourist destinations around the Philippines for rehabilitation.