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Full Boracay rehab by December 2019, says DOT chief

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Tourism officials have asked airlines to reduce flights to Caticlan and Kalibo in Aklan, since Boracay can only accommodate a limited number of tourists per day

BORACAY. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says Boracay rehabilitation will be completed next year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

They outnumber tourists! Over 15,000 workers to be booted out of Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says workers should live in mainland Aklan to decongest the world-famous island Boracay

PNP invites tourists: Come to Boracay, you are safe here

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:50 PM

After 6 months of rehabilitation, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) has scheduled a soft opening on October 16 to October 25 for local tourists

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

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort

Local gov't to ban single-use plastics when Boracay reopens

Aug 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'Sa mga bisita sa Boracay, magdala na kayo ng sariling straw dahil bawal ang single-use plastic. Bawal na rin ang plastic bags at styrofoams sa isla,' says Sangguniang Bayan member Maylynn Aguirre Graf

BANNED. Single-use plastics will now be banned in Boracay Island. File photo of Boracay by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DENR to Boracay businesses: Stop dealing with fixers, impostors

Aug 24, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Environment officials urge business owners or authorized representatives to personally process their certifications, business permits, and clearances at the one-stop shop in Boracay

BORACAY BUSINESSES. Boracay Island has temporarily closed down last April 26 to give way for its rehabilitation. Government plans to reopen it in October. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

One-stop shop for Boracay businesses gets 2-week extension

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The one-stop shop will now be open until September 7 instead of the initial August 25 deadline

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler


No more parties on the beach when Boracay reopens

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:40 PM

A dry run is also scheduled from October 15 to 25, with local tourists from Aklan to be prioritized

SOFT OPENING. Local tourists will be the first to get a sneak peek of a cleaner Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Modern jeepneys proposed in Boracay

Aug 21, 2018 - 6:51 PM

While Yellow Dot recently did a survey of Boracay's transport requirements for public utility vehicle modernization, the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay, Aklan, wants to reconsider whether the proposal will complement e-trikes on the island.

JEEPNEY MODERNIZATION. Will Boracay get new jeeps? Background image from Department of Transportation

LOOK: Boracay to open with war zone-like roads?

Aug 20, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'The island definitely looks like a war zone with muddy and empty roads. We hardly see contractors on the main road,' says Boracay Foundation, Inc.

MUDDY. Boracay residents question the optimism of government officials that the island will be ready for opening on October 26. Photos by Bong Arban and Jack Jarilla. Photo from Boracay Foundation, Inc.


Villar furious over messy Boracay rehabilitation

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Senate environment and natural resources committee chair Cynthia Villar lashes out at DILG and DENR officials for the dismal and unmet targets after almost 6 months of the island's closure

INFURIATED. Senator Cynthia Villar asks resource persons regarding the present status of Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva


LIVE: Senate hearing on Boracay shutdown

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Watch the hearing live on August 20, 2018

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No construction of buildings in Boracay during rehab

May 17, 2018 - 8:50 AM

For 6 months, the Boracay inter-agency task force will strictly enforce the moratorium of construction of new tourism facilities and business enterprises, as well as the expansion of amenities and establishments.

BORACAY. This file photo shows one of the shops in Boracay Island. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay Water completes sewerage system connecting 2 treatment plants

May 10, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Boracay Water says some of the used water in the Balabag facility will be transmitted to Manoc-Manoc for treatment to 'maximize the combined capacity of both treatment plants'

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

Boracay residents can now apply for DSWD's cash-for-work program

May 10, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Displaced workers due to the closure of Boracay may now apply for labor or office work under the Department of Social Welfare and Development's cash-for-work program

LONG LINE. Boracay residents apply for a job in Manoc-Manoc Plaza, Malay, Aklan on April 27, 2018. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

[OPINION] Boracay and the Duterte way

May 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Boracay closure follows the familiar pattern of Duterte's approach to addressing complex crisis situations. The approach relies heavily on police and military action, and projects Duterte as a tough, no-nonsense leader.

LTO Western Visayas wants 1,800 ‘unregistered’ vehicles out of Boracay

May 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

‘This is not confiscation of vehicles. This is clearing Boracay of unregistered vehicles and submitting them for registration,’ says Land Transportation Office Region VI Director Rolando Ramos

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

Police deployed in Boracay enough to stop crimes, lootings – PNP

May 01, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The Metro Boracay Police Task Force imposes curfew for minors in Yapak, Manoc-Manoc and Balabag

POLICE PRESENCE. The Metro Boracay Police Task Force says they are prepared to handle incidences of looting. Rappler file photo

400 hectares in Boracay up for agrarian reform 'if Duterte says so'

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform says structures constructed on these 400 hectares of agricultural land are considered illegal

TOURIST SPOT. Hundreds of hectares in Boracay Island may be subject to the government's agrarian reform program. Photo by Adrian Portugal