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Gov't to issue access cards for Boracay tourists

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Boracay can only take in a maximum of 19,215 tourists at any given time. The access cards will help the government control the number of visitors.

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

Implement 'Build, Build, Build' with political will like Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We need to keep this pace to build up momentum. The government needs to be ready and we need to address the challenges of each infrastructure project,' says Ramoncito Fernandez, Management Association of the Philippines president

CONTINUITY. Ramoncito Fernandez, MAP President and Maynilad Water CEO, highlights at the Arangkada forum the need for continuity of projects in government when dealing with the private sector. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

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

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


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


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

‘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

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

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'

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 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

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

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

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

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

2 weeks after island's closure, Duterte forms Boracay task force

May 10, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Boracay Inter-agency Task Force is ordered to formulate 'an action plan towards the sustainable tourism development of Boracay'

BORACAY REHABILITATION. President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order creating a Boracay Inter-agency Task Force. Malacañang file photo

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 closure: 'The island needs to rest,' says tribal musician

May 05, 2018 - 11:06 AM

''Yung island, gusto niya rin magpahinga. Pagod na pagod na siya. Kung nagsasalita lang siya, 'yun din ang hinaing niya: "Kelangan ko rin magpahinga,"' says Boracay resident Buboy Tolosa

PERFORMER. Buboy Tolosa, the lead performer of Island Drum Beaters, have been performing in the island since he got back from college. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Ilocos Region ready to be alternative to Boracay

May 04, 2018 - 10:43 AM

More tourists are expected to come to Ilocos Sur and Norte because of the 'resting' of Boracay

Ilocos as alternative to Boracay. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DPWH to Boracay public: Cooperate to avoid project delays

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:18 PM

'Kailangan natin ang kooperasyon at tulong ng mga stakeholders to fast-track the completion of Boracay projects,' says Aklan District Engineer Noel Fuentebella

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

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

[OPINION] Does Duterte intend to clean up Boracay with bullets and bombs?

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:13 PM

What the island needs instead are environmental specialists who could actually study the concrete ecological situation and properly implement the rehabilitation of the island

PROBE. The PNP investigates if its own men –  who were assigned to protect Diana Yu Uy –  were involved in illegal drugs as well. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Better than none: Boracay workers settle for P323/day wage

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Boracay residents say the meager daily pay is better than having none at all

WORKERS. Government-hired sweepers clean up Bulabog beach on April 27, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: Police patrols along Boracay's White Beach

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Only residents are allowed to swim in Boracay

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

Security guard stabbed to death on first day of Boracay closure

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Off-duty security guard Jaylord dela Vega is attacked during an afternoon videoke session in a restaurant in Barangay Manoc-Manoc

STABBING. An off-duty security guard is killed on the first day of Boracay closure. Shutterstock photo

#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)

At least 579 structures in Boracay face demolition

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:40 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says demolition orders were signed by Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling, after the mayor was accused of 'stalling' the rehabilitation of Boracay

DEMOLITION. Government has started demolitions even before President Rodrigo Duterte issued a proclamation. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: What Boracay looks like after it was closed down

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The shores of Boracay Island's White Sand Beach are almost empty on the day it is closed to the public

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

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

Cebu Pacific eyes 22 million passengers in 2018

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The budget carrier hopes flights to Dubai, Batanes, and Melbourne, among other destinations, will make up for canceled Boracay flights

Duterte signs proclamation placing 3 barangays in Boracay under state of calamity

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:08 PM

(3RD UPDATE) Malacañang has yet to issue an Executive Order on the closure of Boracay, even after the island has been shut down to tourists

Boracay, Philippines/ Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Sotto to Boracay businesses: 'Konting tiis lang'

Apr 26, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Senators weigh in on the closure of Boracay island, with some questioning the absence of a 'clear' plan on how the government will rehabilitate the island

CLOSED. Senator Vicente Sotto III said Boracay's closure is a lesson for tourists and government agencies of the need to take care of the environment.

Boracay: From pristine island to fragile paradise

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Despite counting itself among the best islands of the world, Boracay has struggled to keep up with its fame. A look at its history shows warning signs at least a decade-old.

Boracay now closed

Apr 26, 2018 - 12:01 AM

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte 'verbally' ordered the island's closure, saying Boracay has become a 'cesspool'

Densing to Malay mayor: Don't hold Boracay rehab 'hostage' by not cooperating

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:36 PM

'He (Cawalig) has to cooperate. We don't want the rehabilitation to be held hostage just by one or two officials,' says Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III

PRESS BRIEFING. Government officials hold a press briefing on the eve of Boracay closure. Photo by Aika Rey/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