The world appears excited for the resurrection of Boracay as its rehabilitation is scheduled to end next month. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is expected to lead the reopening, allowing the public to once again enjoy the enchanting and pristine beaches. With tourism such a money-maker, over the past six months, the region may have lost a lot of revenue, but it will definitely gain more in the long run.
Visitors will see a big change on the island, there will be new adventures and no more imbibing in alcoholic beverages along the shore – there are also no more shanty-type houses.
Hotels will see a big boom in business, despite rates likely going up as hoteliers are looking to recover their losses. As mentioned in a column published earlier this month, DOT earlier released its list of hotels and resorts that will be permitted to reopen, however, it did include some of the most luxurious establishments (although, everything still remains to be seen).
Locals are hoping government officials no longer tolerate environmental violations. As stated in the aforementioned column, “Island residents are clamoring, upon reopening, that the same environmental officials previously dispatched by the government are never seen again.” They will be watching for politicking between the business community and government officials.
These same officials are also being watched to see if they will continue to tolerate noisy tricycles.
DOT-Region VI director, Atty. Helen J. Catalbas, should also be lauded for establishing a monitoring team to oversee operations and certifying all businesses operating in Boracay are accredited.
It is also reported, DOT and Cebu Pacific Air have agree to place receptacles for plastic bottles across the island to ensure proper disposal.
This column greets Catherine Cabuga, Grace Carballo, Stephen Alquiza, Lito Aves, Hernan Fermin, Gerard Mora, Felipe Garcia, Charo Lagamon, Andrea Lobaton, Tony Cacho, Danny Dangcalan, Ed Joven, Jojo Vito, Sigrid Lo, and Marikina City first district Rep. Bayani ‘BF’ Fernando./WDJ