All systems go: DOT-6 ready for Boracay’s reopening


It’s all systems go for the Department of Tourism in Western Visayas, as far as preparedness for the reopening of Boracay Island later this year is concerned.

The DOT said it has conducted trainings in Panay and Boracay Island to make sure the tourism workforce in the island is ready for the reopening.

“We are now conducting different kinds of trainings for the Boracay frontliners, stakeholders, and Indigenous People to ensure that they are ready for the reopening of Boracay Island on October 26. Aside from that, the Department of Tourism Region VI will also provide adequate assistance, especially to the residents of the island, that’s why some of the trainings to be conducted are for livelihood,” said DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas.

DOT said more training and livelihood opportunities are scheduled, including for:

– Developmental Training and Institutionalizations of an Indigenous People Cultural Group or IP Community
– Tourism Awareness Seminar for IP Community
– Tourism Enterprise Innovation and Self Reinvention Technique Seminar for Small and Medium Scale Tourism Enterprises
– Tour Guiding Training

Also, it said tourism frontliners underwent basic Chinese Mandarin language training and training on international standards for hospitality service for waiters, front office staff and housekeeping.

Tourism stakeholders also took part in a tourism innovation and self-reinvention techniques seminar.

Meanwhile, the DOT also encouraged owners of tourism establishments in the island to be compliant with the requirements for DOT accreditation.

It also noted some 16,535 individuals arrived in Boracay from April 26 to June 30.

These included residents, foreign residents, workers, national agency workers, and journalists.