DILG: The newly re-opened Boracay Island , will be standard for all resorts in the country

DILG: The newly re-opened Boracay Island , will be standard for all resorts in the country

They were so may doubters, and all of them are now silent.

Prior to the closing of the world-renowned Boracay island different sectors, opposition politicians, and the tourism industry itself asked the government if the decision to have the island rehabilitated for 6 months is the best option that we have.
Newly re-opened Boracay island (photo credit to owner)

So many reasons have been hurled against president Rodrigo Roa Duterte, but yesterday’s opening made local and foreigners alike excited to feel and experience the newly rehabilatated beach front that looked like what the locals fell in love with 30 or more years ago.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), through DILG Officer-In-Charge Secretary Eduardo M. Año, said that it wants to make the world known Boracay island resort to be the gold standard for all resorts in the country.

October 26 was the re-opening, but the whole rehabilitation of the whole island would take about two (2) years.

“There will be a lot of laws and ordinances to be implemented in Boracay under our supervision to make sure that there will be no repeat of what happened before,” Año said.
A Boracay Inter-agency Task Force composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Tourism (DOT) was created by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to carry out measures to save Boracay.
“Boracay is now very fresh and very orderly but of course there are still a lot of things to be done for the next two years,” he said.
The DILG has already initiated the filing of administrative charges against 18 erring local government officials for the mismanagement of the island.

17 of the 18 said officials were charged with administrative cases on gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service, and one was charged with grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service.

The DILG secretary said only business establishments with proper functioning sewerage treatment plants (STP’s) will be allowed to operate.

The Task force has directed all residents and establishments to properly set up and use STPs via clustering or separate treatment plants to keep white sand waters of the island resort safe from wastewater.

Those establishments that has been accredited by the DOT and cleared by the task force as fully compliant with local and environment laws, such as the Environmental Compliance Certificate or Certificate of Non-Coverage, are allowed to re-open and do business.
The “no floating structure” ban within 3 kilometers on the shoreline is would still be in full effect as part of the government’s campaign to protect the beaches of Boracay.
“We will also conduct inspections in all other resorts across the country to ensure that these tourist destinations also comply with the existing environmental laws,” the DILG secretary said.
“Those that will be found negligent and remiss on environmental compliance will not be tolerated and will be made accountable just like what we did to Boracay,” he added. 

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