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Boracay Stakeholders Core Group to establishment owners: No compliance means no re-opening of businesses

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Only businesses that comply with envrionmental rules will be allowed to operate in Boracay once it reopens later this year, the Boracay Stakeholders Core Group said.

Members of the group met recently with Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato to discuss the programs on compliance, accreditation, trainings, and promotions.

The group wants that by end-August, 70 percent or 1,700 establishments from all sectors should be compliant so the Tourism Department can start accreditation as early as September.

Boracay, which was closed to tourists last April 26 to allow for environmental rehabilitation, is due to open in October.

During the meeting, the stakeholders’ group stressed only compliant establishments should be allowed to operate when Boracay re-opens.

It also suggested that regulatory bodies to expedite the processing of permits and clearances in consideration of the carrying capacity of the island.

However, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has yet to release details of the island’s carrying capacity.

For its part, the Department of Tourism Region 6 will conduct trainings for Boracay frontliners starting this July.

It will cover customer service training for boatmen, porters, tricycle drivers, and vendors; and language training and tourism awareness seminar for tour guides.

“We will make sure Boracay is ready with its services and facilities before re-opening. We have the support of our stakeholders, and with that, we are assured that a better, cleaner and environment-friendly Boracay Island will welcome us soon,” said DOT-6 regional director Helen Catalbas.

“I believe we all had an understanding that each sector shall police its own ranks by making sure members abide by the rules and regulations to operate. Boracay Stakeholders heartily accepted their shortcomings and are doing their best to be compliant,” she added.