Boracay shutdown
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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

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

'Uutang muna': For a hair braider, life goes on after Boracay closure

Apr 29, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'Tiyaga-tiyaga pa rin talaga,' says Michelle, one of the 36,000 workers affected by President Rodrigo Duterte's order to close Boracay for 6 months

HAIR BRAIDS. Michelle used to braid hair along the shores of Boracay. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 23-29, 2018

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

ALMOST EMPTY. The shores of Boracay Island's White Sand Beach are almost empty on the day it is closed to the public. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Shorten Boracay closure? Duterte says he'll defer to Cabinet

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'I do not interfere in the work of the Cabinet members,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that he does 'not just revoke recommendations'

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 24th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang on April 4, 2018. Malacañang file photo

A cook's plight after Boracay closure: From P3,000 to none

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

''Yung pagkain ko ng dalawang beses sa isang araw, isa na lang para makatipid,' according to a cook in Boracay, who also says it would allow him to save money for his children's education

COOK. Hanafi Indar Barani is a cook who moved to Boracay 15 years ago. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

WATCH: Demolitions on first day of Boracay shutdown

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The government, some residents, and business owners have started demolishing parts of their homes and establishments

DILG to file cases vs Aklan local gov't officials over Boracay neglect

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III says that at least 10 local government officials are responsible for the neglect of the island

GREEN SHORES. The algae-tinged shores of Boracay is said to be an indication of high levels of water pollution. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: How green can Boracay get?

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Boracay's shores are teeming with green algae but tourists don't seem to bother

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

WATCH: '50% off' for some Boracay businesses on eve of closure

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:52 PM

Some restaurants offer as low as 50% off on their menu, just so they use up their remaining supplies

50% OFF. Boracay usinesses are on sale because of the 6-month closure of the island. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: Military helicopter spotted over Boracay

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Officials say that security in the island is guaranteed as military and police will exercise 'maximum security'

SPOTTED. A military chopper is spotted flying over Boracay on April 25, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Businesses brace for Boracay closure

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'Inuubos na lang namin ang nasa stock kasi sayang. Sinusulit na lang namin ang puwedeng kitain habang 'di pa nagsasara sa turista,' a restaurant owner says on the eve of Boracay's 6-month shutdown

INFORMAL ECONOMY. A kid builds a sand castle with "Boracay" on its facade, earning a few pesos from his handwork. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

'Gov't assistance during Boracay closure not enough' – residents

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:53 PM

There are complaints that the transportation allowance granted by the DSWD is not enough, especially to those travelling to places far from Boracay

LONG LINES. Residents affected by the closure line up at the operations center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

[OPINION] Enough of policymaking without planning

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

As the Boracay example illustrates, policymaking without planning makes for needless chaos, confusion, and destruction

Is the government prepared for Boracay's closure?

Apr 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The labor department says it can only hire 5,000 of the 17,000 workers to be affected by the closure

CLOSURE. Workers work on the drainage system in the business centre in Malay town on Boracay island, Aklan province on April 6, 2018, ahead of the closure order on the island. AFP Photo

Ensure assistance to 17,000 workers in Boracay – Legarda

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'It would be best to assess who among those who will be displaced can be hired as workers to carry out the rehabilitation plan,' Senator Loren Legarda suggests

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Malacañang to decide on Boracay's fate soon

Apr 02, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The Office of the President is considering two options: 'total' closure of Boracay or closure done in phases

Boracay still among top 25 beaches in the world

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Boracay's White Beach is also ranked second best in Asia in TripAdvisor's 2018 Traveler's Choice Awards

BEST. Boracay is still part of the world's best beaches. Rappler File Photo

DILG's Boracay plan: 6-month state of calamity, 2-month business shutdown

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:16 PM

DILG Officer-in-charge Eduardo Año says the declaration will 'hasten' the island's recovery from intense commercialization

IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal