LIST: 287 Boracay hotels allowed to operate
MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – The government has accredited a total of 287 hotels, resorts, and inns in Boracay since the island was reopened to tourists in late October.
The Department of Tourism on Thursday, December 20, released an updated list of accommodation establishments that have already complied with government rules and regulations.
As of Thursday, there are a total of 10,113 rooms available.
Of the accredited establishments, Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort in Barangay Yapak has the most number of rooms at 700. Next to it is Savoy Hotel Boracay at Newcoast in Barangay Yapak with 559 rooms.
The Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a "no compliance, no opening" policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations.
This comes after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on October 5 lifted the suspension of environmental compliance certificates for all establishments on the island.
Late August, there were only 25 hotels and resorts that were accredited.
President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the 6-month closure of Boracay, calling it a "cesspool" because of its environmental problems.
Establishments and households not connected to sewerage treatment plants triggered the increase of water pollution to extreme levels, especially during the summer months when a large number of people flock to the world-famous island. (WATCH: How green can Boracay get?) – Rappler.com