Dry run for Boracay re-opening set for Oct. 15; only 1,000 rooms allowed for occupancy

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that it will be conducting a dry run on Boracay a week before the island formally opens on Oct . 26.

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in a press briefing on Thursday, Aug. 23, said that some 1,000 rooms will be opened on the first day of the dry run, which will begin on Oct. 15. Another 1,000 will be added by the second day until the island’s operations reach “full blast” by Oct. 26.

The dry run will also be open to tourists. Mr. Cimatu however said that this would depend on the Department of Tourism as it would decide, which hotels will be allowed to have some of its rooms open for customers.

Despite this, the government will still limit the number of hotel rooms in the island, which will be based on the carrying capacity study which is set to be released by Saturday, Aug. 25.

The study will also be used as basis for the Boracay Interagency Taskforce to draft policies for the island. — Anna Gabriela A. Mogato