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Seven die after boat sinks off Boracay

SEVEN members of a rowing team from Boracay island died after the boat they were practicing in sank off the island in Aklan province on Wednesday morning, according to a police report.

SC junks complaint over ancestral land in Boracay

THE SUPREME Court (SC) affirmed the dismissal of the petition challenging the 2.5-hectare ancestral land awarded to the Ati indigenous community in Boracay, Malay.

10 business establishments ordered closed in Boracay island

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday ordered the closure of 10 foreign-owned business establishments for operating in Boracay island without government permits.

Airlines scale down flights to Boracay

AS the government limits the number of tourists to Boracay island, some local airlines are looking at other tourist destinations to drive passenger growth this summer.

Western Visayas economy seen to bounce back after 2018 slowdown due...

ILOILO CITY — The six-month temporary closure of Boracay Island last year contributed significantly to the slowdown of Western Visayas Region’s economic growth, but a recovery is expected despite the regulated entry for tourists and stricter rules now being implemented on the island resort.

BIATF tears down encroaching parts of Boracay Plaza

THE BORACAY Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) has carried out the demolition of Boracay Plaza Beach Resort’s structures found in violation of the 30-meter easement zone after its operator failed to heed orders for self-demolition.

Boracay workers appeal SC decision on constitutionality of Boracay closure

WORKERS IN Boracay and a tourist have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its decision upholding the constitutionality of the six-month closure of Boracay Island in 2018.

4 kms of improved Boracay circumferential road fully open by end-March

THE 2.66-kilometer (km) section of the Boracay circumferential road from Cagban Port to Hue Hotel and the 1.462-km segment from Hue Hotel to Elizalde will be fully opened to motorists by the end of the month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Monday.

Owner of Friday’s Boracay resort sees lower sales in seven months

BOULEVARD Holdings, Inc. (BHI) reported a decrease in sales in the seven months ending December, as operations were still affected by the six-month closure of Boracay.

Boracay local officials, business officers to face graft charges

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Environmental Crime Division has recommended charges of graft, unlawful occupation of forest lands, and violation of the Local Government Code against three businesses officers and government officials in Boracay Island under the municipality of Malay in Aklan province.

EO needed to enforce no-casino policy in Boracay

AN EXECUTIVE order (EO) is needed to implement President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s “no casino policy” in Boracay, Malacañang said yesterday, confirming an earlier recommendation by the Justice department.

Boracay reopens amid strict monitoring

THE tourist island of Boracay officially reopened on Friday after a six-month closure for its rehabilitation, with the Inter-Agency Task Force set to strictly enforce the no-casino policy and tourist entry limit.

‘Overhauled’ security system ready for Boracay reopening

AS RESORT island Boracay reopens on Oct. 26 after a six-month closure for rehabilitation and tourism policy reshaping, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said it is also ready to provide improved security measures.

31 Ati families to get Boracay land before Christmas

THE GOVERNMENT is set to distribute about 7.8 hectares of agricultural land in Boracay to 31 families belonging to the Ati indigenous community before Christmas, according to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Jonas R. Leones.

Boracay rehabilitation efforts to continue past reopening date

THERE is still a lot more rehabilitation work left to accomplish in Boracay before its looming public reopening next week, Environment Secretary Roy A....

Boracay coliform level down to 18 from ‘thousands, millions’

ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY Roy A. Cimatu reported that the coliform level in Boracay is now at 18.1 most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliter (ml), significantly down from the “thousands or even millions” level prior to the closing of the island in April.

Dry run

People run for a dip after Environment Secretary A. Cimatu led the countdown declaring Boracay’s waters fit for swimming. “We declare now that the island is no longer a cesspool,” Mr. Cimatu said on Oct. 15, the start of the 11-day dry run for the island’s reopening on Oct. 26.

Boracay tourists advised: No booking in establishments without gov’t clearance

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) warned tourists in Boracay against making reservations in establishments which have not yet received government clearance to operate.

159 Boracay establishments cleared for operation

THE Department of Environmental and Natural Resources announced on Friday that it has already issued Certificates of Conditional Approval (CCAs) to 159 establishments in Boracay.

DENR lifts ECC suspension for compliant Boracay establishments

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources has lifted the suspension on the environmental compliance certificates (ECC) of “complying” businesses in Boracay, weeks ahead of the island’s reopening to the general public.

7.9 ha in Boracay set as agrarian reform area

EIGHT LOTS with a total area of 7.9640 hectares has been set as agrarian reform land in Boracay island and will be up for distribution.

Boulevard Holdings banks on Boracay reopening to boost sales performance

BOULEVARD Holdings, Inc. (BHI) is banking on the reopening of tourist destination Boracay Island this month to improve its business, after posting declines in its sales performance during the island’s six-month rehabilitation.

Boracay to reopen Oct. 26

THE tourist island of Boracay is set to reopen on Oct. 26, but its full rehabilitation will be completed in two years, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año said.

Boracay main roads to be ready by Oct. 26 ‘soft opening’...

THE tourism department said the rehabilitation of Boracay is expected to be complete by December 2019 and that major roads will be ready more than a month before the resort island reopens to visitors.

DENR seeking to house Boracay workers on Panay

BORACAY will need to reduce its resident workforce because resort workers will outnumber tourists by nearly two-to-one if the island’s carrying capacity limits are observed, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said Wednesday.

Tourist arrival target maintained at 7.4 million despite Boracay closure

THE Department of Tourism said it remains on track to hit its target of 7.4 million visitors this year despite the six-month closure of Boracay island.

No changes to Boracay business clearance processing — DoT

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) will not make any changes to the processing of business permits in Boracay amid concerns that tighter rules caused delays in their reaccreditation.

Boracay set for dry run

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that it will be conducting a dry run on Boracay a week before the tourist island formally reopened for business on Oct. 26.

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

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

PTAA frowns on ‘30%’ Boracay opening

THE PHILIPPINE Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) is not too thrilled about the reopening of Boracay Island on Oct. 26 with only 30% of establishments allowed to resume operations.

DILG: Almost one-third of Boracay establishments may be allowed to operate...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo The government may open Boracay Island by Oct. 26 with at least 30% of the establishments allowed to operate, Department of...

Aboitiz to develop Boracay’s Wetland #4 into urban park

THE ABOITIZ Group, through its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation, has adopted and will rehabilitate Boracay Island’s Wetland #4 into a “linear urban park”.

DENR, GTI to identify sustainable solutions for Boracay

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and global initiative group Greening the Islands (GTI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a project on sustainable use of island resources amid the government’s ongoing rehabilitation in Boracay.

DPWH on track to finish Boracay roads rehab

THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the rehabilitation work being undertaken on roads in Boracay will meet the October deadline, in time for the reopening of the island after a six-month closure.

Boracay road works finished in time for October opening — DPWH

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the rehabilitation work being done on roads in Boracay is set to meet its October...

Cruise ships lined up for Boracay reopening

UP TO eight international cruise ships have already scheduled stops in Boracay island, which is expected to reopen in late October after a six-month closure to address environmental problems.

Boracay closure continues to drag on BHI sales

Boulevard Holdings, Inc. (BHI) said its sales dropped by a third for the month of June, as it continued to take a hit from...

DoT to start issuing seals to operate for Boracay establishments by...

BORACAY, MALAY — Accreditation for establishments in Boracay that are compliant with all environmental and legal requirements will be released beginning Aug. 16, in time for the October 26 reopening of the island tourist destination.

Boracay businesses face fines for 478 environmental violations

THE ENVIRONMENTAL Management Bureau-Western Visayas (EMB-6) has issued 478 notices of violation to various Boracay establishments, which will be facing fines and possible criminal charges.

Boracay establishments decry disorganized rehabilitation process

HALFWAY INTO the six-month closure of Boracay, resort owners remain confused on the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the tourist destination, citing the lack of centralized guidelines on compliance being required by national government agencies.

Boracay early reopening would depend on stakeholders’ cooperation — Cimatu

THE POSSIBLE opening of Boracay Island ahead of the October schedule would depend on the stakeholders’ cooperation in the government’s rehabilitation efforts, according to Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

Less than 10% of Boracay businesses fully compliant with requirements

LESS THAN 200 out of the 2,269 tourist establishments in Boracay Island are so far fully compliant with the set requirements for reopening, an official of the Department of Tourism-Western Visayas (DoT-6) said, citing latest data from the Boracay Inspection Committee.

Boracay’s White Beach declared clean; water quality ‘almost there’

THE government is on track in its efforts to rehabilitate Boracay island, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said as it declared White Beach clean and the effort to improve water quality on the island “almost there.”

Duterte to determine Boracay’s ‘rightful owners,’ wants ‘back side’ under land...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is considering the formation of a committee which will be tasked to determine the “rightful owners” in the Visayan tourist island of Boracay.

Boracay stakeholders vow to police own ranks

STAKEHOLDERS IN Boracay have pledged to police their own ranks to ensure compliance to environmental and other laws as the resort island prepares to reopen for tourists.