By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is urging everyone to report establishments that violate regulations at the world-famous Boracay Island almost five months after it reopened to tourists.
DOT Undersecretary Art P. Boncato Jr. said it was critical that the business sector and the local government of Malay town, Aklan province must report violations for immediate action.
Lawyer Helen Catalbas, DOT’s regional director for Western Visayas, reiterated the need to continue to cooperate.
“Our purpose is to sustain a better and cleaner Boracay Island,” noted Catalbas.
DOT has accredited 320 hotels and resorts. These establishments with a total of 11,062 rooms have complied with environmental and local government laws to operate.
Unlike in the past, Boracay-bound tourists are now required to have bookings with DOT-accredited hotels and resorts. Otherwise, they are not allowed to enter the island if they do not have proof of a hotel or resort booking. There has been strict checking at mainland Malay town before tourists are allowed to go ride the boat going to Boracay.