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Alice Dixson: I'm a Boracay resident

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Alice refuses to confirm if she's married to a top hotel executive based in the island

[OPINION] Small people bear brunt of Boracay closure

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:23 PM

It is the regular employees, masseurs, boatmen, tricycle drivers, and the like who are suffering immensely

GDP, West Philippine Sea, Ginebra | Evening wRap

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Lower GDP over Duterte's policies? 'So be it,' says Malacañang

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Environmental policies that have slowed down economic growth, such as the Boracay closure and stricter rules for mining, are 'justified,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the flag as he sings the Philippine national anthem during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City on August 8, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Boracay traffic rerouting begins August 2

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:01 PM

The Cagban-Laketown (wetland) stretch will be closed to traffic to give way to the widening of the 5.2-kilometer road portions by the Department of Public Works and Highways

Photo from Boracay PNP

Police again block mission volunteers from entering Boracay

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We cannot understand this move of [the] Boracay security committee to discriminate individuals who want to help the residents and workers in Boracay,' says Rise Up Aklan provincial coordinator Kim-Sin Tugna

PATROL. Along the white sand shores of Boracay Island, police and military patrol an almost empty beach. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay shifts to e-tricycles by August

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:06 PM

By August 2018, only electric tricycles will be allowed to ferry passengers in Boracay as part of the Malay municipal government's bid to promote environment-friendly public transportation

DENR, Malay execs to align Boracay sewage treatment plant guidelines

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Lawyer Richard Fabila, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Boracay, says they will try to align Memorandum Circular No. 2018-006 of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu with local laws

NBI files complaint vs resorts, local execs in Boracay mess

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Business owners are accused of breaking environmental rules

DENR suspends compliance certificates of Boracay businesses

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the businesses would have to stop operations while their environmental compliance certificates are reviewed

ESTABLISHMENTS. DENR issues a memorandum cancelling all environmental compliance certificates in Boracay. File photo by Adrian Portugal

TS Henry, Federalism, Boracay, Apple emojis | Evening wRap

Jul 17, 2018 - 9:50 PM

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‘Slow’ demolition of illegal Boracay structures

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

In the wetlands, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported 5.29% accomplishment in demolishing 29 of 548 illegal structures 3 months into Boracay's rehabilitation

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Malay town councilors divided over proposed environmental fee hike in Boracay

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Malay town councilor Maylynn Aguirre-Graf has proposed a P500-environmental fee for tourists in Boracay, up from the current P75, to help sustain efforts to protect the island

TOURIST SPOT. The Malay town council is discussing a proposal to increase the environmental fee for tourists entering Boracay Island. Photo by Adrian Portugal

Aklan electric cooperative is 10% done with Boracay rehab operations

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The rehabilitation work of the Aklan Electric Cooperative in the franchise area of Boracay is mainly dependent on DPWH budget allocations, according to Engineer Joel Martinez, Assistant General Manager for engineering

BORACAY REHAB. Background file photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Extend Boracay closure if not all goals are met – Rep. Teves

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves says Boracay's reopening should be put on hold if the government cannot fix all of the island's problems within 6 months

Boracay rehab challenges: Treating sewage, relocating illegal settlers

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says Boracay is still on target for an October 26 re-opening

BORACAY REHAB. Left photo by DENROfficial SCIS. Center photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Right photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

'Don't kill mayors', Kris defends Gilas, Katharine McPhee | Evening wRap

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

Duterte eyes committee to identify 'rightful owners' of Boracay lands

Jul 04, 2018 - 6:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says a committee tasked with examining land titles would make this 'fair to everybody'

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay no longer a cesspool – Cimatu

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the island can be reopened by October 26, as planned

Mission volunteers accuse police of blocking food aid for Boracay residents

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Some 29 volunteers from mission groups were supposed to distribute food packs to Boracay residents affected by the closure, says Rise Up Aklan provincial coordinator Kim-Sin Tugna

BLOCKADE? Humanitarian groups accuse Boracay police of blocking relief goods to be brought to the island resort. Photos by Inoue Jaena and Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aklan governor questions 'hasty' complaints vs officials over Boracay mess

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores says one of the officials named in the DILG complaint assumed his position just days after President Rodrigo Duterte first warned that he would shut down Boracay Island

AKLAN CHIEF. Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores says he's prepared to face the complaint filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo from the Aklan Province Facebook page

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Jun 28, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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Police step up security in Boracay

Jun 28, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The 118-strong policemen of the Boracay police sub-station is augmented by more than 500 personnel of the Metro Boracay Police Task Force

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Administrative, criminal complaints filed vs 17 Aklan officials over Boracay neglect

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Among those named in the complaints filed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government before the Office of the Ombudsman are Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Malay Mayor Ciceron Cawaling, and Malay Vice Mayor Abram Sualog

CASES. DILG Uundersecretary Epimaco Densing shows a copy of the consolidated complaint he filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against officials related to Boracay. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

DSWD apologizes for spoiled relief goods in Boracay

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says the contamination happened during the handling and hauling of relief goods, adding that it 'must not happen again'

Which tourist spots will be rehabilitated after Boracay?

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

All tourism destinations will be up for assessment by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, but some areas are on top of the list

FACT CHECK: No bodies of '51 dead foreigners' retrieved from Boracay

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The video in the blog post is a news report on the Boracay clean-up operations following the closure of the world-famous tourist destination

Thumbnail image used by blog posts that say 51 bodies of dead foreigners were found in Boracay.

DSWD clarifies ‘expired’ food packs for Boracay closure recipients

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:45 PM

A complaint from a netizen prompted DSWD to take action

Boracay natives can sell land to big firms, if they want – Duterte

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has previously said he would put Boracay under the land reform program because he wants to limit commercial establishments that cause environmental problems

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected Punong Barangays of Central Luzon at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on June 12, 2018, urges the village chiefs to follow his pursuit of protecting the people and preserving the nation. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Local DPWH officials await authority to implement Boracay road rehab project

Jun 13, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The road widening is a top priority project of the Boracay inter-agency task force

DSWD releases P27M in aid for Boracay residents, workers

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development also begins its cash-for-work program for nearly 1,800 individuals who lost their livelihood due to Boracay's 6-month rehabilitation

TOURIST SPOT. Boracay is undergoing rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered its 6-month closure. File photo by Adrian Portugal

State of calamity declaration sought for mainland Boracay

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The municipal council of Malay, Aklan, wants more concrete basis to consider the proposal of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Liga ng mga Barangay

JOBLESS. Boatmen are among the Boracay residents who have lost their livelihood after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the tourist destination for 6 months. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Aklan town officials seek extension of Boracay tricycle phaseout

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The proposal of the Malay town council is in response to the clamor of tricycle operators and drivers affected by the temporary closure of Boracay

PHASEOUT. The Land Transportation Office in Western Visayas says registered tricycles on the island will be phased out by August 2018. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Fewer students enroll in Boracay schools amid closure

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:14 PM

In Balabag Elementary School, one of the 6 public schools on the island, only around 1,300 students enroll this year, from 1,700 in 2017.

FIRST DAY. Balabag Elementary School in Boracay Island opens the first day of classes with less students. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Boracay to become coconut producer under agrarian reform

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform has already identified some 80 indigenous people who are qualified to be land reform beneficiaries

For residents, uncertainty looms over Boracay relocation plan

Jun 04, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Some residents protest the rumored plan to relocate them outside the top tourist island

FORESTLAND. The Cayetano family lives in a make-shift compound in a government-proclaimed forestland. Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: Businesses 'dead' in Boracay

Jun 03, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Business owners can only hope that the island would be reopened sooner than originally scheduled

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

Boracay cleanup 'not for the rich,' says Duterte

Jun 03, 2018 - 2:21 AM

Meanwhile, an alliance of workers and residents urges the government to consider the negative impact of the temporary closure on people who have lived and worked in the island

ECONOMIC IMPACT. Upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, Boracay will be closed to tourists for 6 months starting April 26, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DSWD distributes P19.8-M livelihood assistance to Boracay beneficiaries

May 31, 2018 - 9:38 PM

First batch of support from social welfare agency helps over 1,300 Boracay residents and workers

ASSISTANCE. File of the early days of the closure of Boracay when DSWD gives transportation allowances to residents. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte: You want commercial area in Boracay? Go to Congress

May 31, 2018 - 6:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Congress may reserve a 'strip' of land in Boracay for commercial establishments

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

P1.36-B budget needed to rehabilitate Boracay

May 31, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Task Force Boracay says the amount covers everything – from ensuring sanitation to decongesting the island

DEMOLITION. Some establishments demolish the facade of their stores to comply with the government's rehabilitation plan. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Malay gov't: Allow San Juan revelers to swim in coastal waters

May 30, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Since April 26 – the start of Boracay's 6-month closure – local residents have been allowed to swim only in a designated swimming area in the white beach near Willy's Rock in Station 1

APPEAL. The local government of Malay in Aklan appeals for residents to be allowed to swim in coastal waters on June 24, which marks the feast of San Juan de Bautista. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar confronts oppositor questioning Vista Land's Boracay permit in CA hearing

May 29, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'Bakit ba binabanggit mo puro Vista Land? Galit ka ba sa akin? Is this a political issue or a legitimate issue?' asks Senator Cynthia Villar, whose family owns Vista Land

Photo by Angie de Silva

Roque on Duterte’s critics, Cimatu on Boracay, Giuliani on Russia probe | Midday wRap

May 28, 2018 - 12:27 PM

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Police strengthen efforts to protect Boracay, Carabao islands

May 27, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We should protect Boracay from outside Boracay,' Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr says, adding that the memorandum of understanding formalizes 'the cooperation of security forces and marketing of Hambil as a tourist destination'

PATROL. The almost empty Boracay White Beach is dotted with police who patrols the area. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

85 families in wetlands to be relocated outside Boracay

May 26, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The environment department is currently studying how to relocate 85 families to Sitio Corong in Barangay Cogon, Malay, which is located in mainland Aklan

ISLAND. There are 9 wetlands in Boracay, but 5 have illegal structures on it. Photo by Adrian Portugal

Boracay may open in less than 6 months – DENR chief

May 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

This comes after the government discovered 16 establishments that had installed their own pipes, which flush wastes directly under the beachfront

EXCAVATED. Trainees from the 3rd Infrantry Division of the Philippine Army excavate illegal sewerage pipes in Boracay Island on May 25, 2018. Photo from DENR

Malay gov't considers wastewater treatment by German partners in Boracay

May 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Local officials are considering partnering with a German group to implement a low-cost, community-based approach to wastewater treatment in the island

GREEN. Boracay shores are lined with green algae. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

DOT sets cruise, drive tourism circuits to lure visitors to Western Visayas

May 21, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Western Visayas tourism officials says they must attract some 1 million tourists to recover from the slump brought by the closure of Boracay Island

Mark Lapid, DOT execs from 3 administrations sued over Boracay Water contract

May 18, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The complainants allege that the Philippine Tourism Authority under Mark Lapid 'demonstrated a clear bias' towards the Manila Water Company Incorporated in the award of the contract to operate the waterworks and sewerage system of Boracay

TOURISM OFFICIALS. (Left to right) Former tourism officials Mark Lapid, Wanda Teo, Ramon Jiumenez, and (back) Cesar Montano face a graft complaint over a utilities contract in Boracay