News When will Boracay reopen? Photos of rehab progress released

When will Boracay reopen? Photos of rehab progress released

Photos of the new Boracay while ongoing rehabilitation
Photo Credits: DA Sec Manny Piñol

When will Boracay reopen? The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the agency that spearheads the ongoing rehabilitation of Boracay, said it will meet its target of six-month closure.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu confirms that the world renowned island will once again cater tourists starting October 27, 2018, exactly six (6) months after its closure. But only establishments compliant with government regulations will be allowed to operate according to Cimatu.

Ongoing rehabilitation efforts are in place including cleaning up drives on beaches and shorelines, addressing drainage problems, and inspecting establishments for violations of environmental laws.

Earlier this year, President Rodrigo Duterte orders a six-month closure of the island to give way for the environmental rehabilitation because of complaints of flooding, garbage, overcrowding, traffic congestion and dirty shores and beaches.

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On April 26, 2018, entry to the island was restricted, except to registered island residents and employees of its business establishments. Media coverage of the ongoing rehabilitation are also restricted. A prior coordination and permission must be obtained from the DENR.

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DENR, however, continuously post updates of the ongoing rehabilitation. The agency recently released photos of depicting a “new” Boracay, with cleaner white sand beaches and crystal clear water.

Check out photos below:

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