DOT urges public to report non-compliant establishments in Boracay

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Establishments not complying with rules on accreditation in Boracay Island should be reported to the Department of Tourism in Western Visayas said.

DOT Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr. stressed this during a meeting of DOT-accredited stakeholders meeting at the City Mall in Boracay Island.

“We urge you to report non-compliant establishments to Boracay Inter-agency Task Force (BIATF) and local government unit so that we can take immediate action,” he said (

The forum clarified issues and concerns regarding the on-going implementation of policies of the BIATF.

In attendance were representatives of the local government units of Aklan and Malay, BIATF, agencies and media.

At the meeting, Boncato announced that as of Feb. 19, there are 319 DOT-accredited hotels and resorts with 11,657 rooms.

For her part, DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas said they are thankful for the cooperation of stakeholders in implementing the rules on accreditation.

“We believe we are here for a single purpose, to save Boracay because we all want to have a better and cleaner Boracay Island,” she said.

Meanwhile, another set of meetings will be held to fully address concerns regarding tourism in Boracay, DOT Assistant Secretary Ma. Rica Bueno said.