The Department of Tourism (DOT) recent released a list of 25 lodging establishments on shuttered resort destination Boracay that are in compliance with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Prior to reopening, businesses are required to comply by agency standards or they will not be permitted to operate.
The approved establishments, upon reopening, will have 2,063 rooms available for visitors. Among compliant accommodation facilities, the Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay offers the most rooms with 700.
Last week, DENR reaffirmed their requirement for Boracay establishments to set up sewage treatment plants.
In a press release, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu spoke on the need to improve water quality on the island.
“The concentration of e-coliform in the water samples that were put to test in the early part of our rehabilitation efforts were too high,” he explained. “Millions of times beyond the standard.”
E-coliform, or E.coli, is a type of bacteria that can be contracted through contaminated water or food and can lead to kidney failure or death.
Following a study conducted by the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force, a dry run for the island’s reopening will take place from October 15 to 25.
The formal reopening is scheduled for October 26./WDJ