Boracay to reopen with more “peace” and less “party” — DOT secretary

Published August 22, 2018, 1:14 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By MB Online

Boracay will no longer be a “party place” but rather a peaceful one with more sustainable tourism when it re-opens on October 26, Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Wednesday.

New Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

In a television interview, Puyat said the DOT, alongside the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), want to maintain Boracay “as it is.” “Definitely…it won’t be a party place anymore…because we wanted it to be as it is more peaceful, and we want to promote sustainable tourism,” Puyat told Karen Davila in ANC’s Headstart.

As to whether a curfew will be imposed in the island, Puyat said the matter will still be discussed with DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año.

In the same interview, Puyat said Boracay’s “soft-opening” on October 26 will open establishments that comply with government requirements. “Probably around 3,000 to 5,000 rooms will be opened,” she said, adding that only establishments that ware 100 percent compliant with DENR, DILG, and DOT’s requirements will be opened.

While the carrying capacity of the island has yet to be determined, Puyat said it will definitely be “lower than” 45,000 persons a day.

‘No casinos, no additional resorts’

Puyat also made it clear that no casinos will be established in the famous island.

“The president has repeatedly said there will be no casinos in Boracay,” the tourism secretary said, adding that her department will abide by the President’s directive.

The DOT Secretary also said there’s no need to put up additional resorts in Boracay since they will be limiting the number of tourists entering the island.