During a recent meeting at City Mall Boracay, Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Arturo P. Boncato encouraged those gathered to report non-compliant local establishments.
Since the popular tourist destination’s reopening last October, establishments on the island are required to comply by regulations set by the DOT; Department of the Interior and Local Government; Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and the Malay municipal government, which has jurisdiction over Boracay.
“We urge you to report non-compliant establishments to the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force (BIATF) and local government unit so that we can take immediate action,” he stated.
Prior to reopening, while meeting with the Boracay Stakeholders Core Group, Boncato stressed the necessity for Boracay establishments to be compliant.
Among those present at the meeting included DOT-accredited stakeholders, representatives from the Aklan provincial government and Malay municipal government, BIATF members, various agencies and media outlets, among others.
“We are thankful for the cooperation of stakeholders in implementing the rules on accreditation,” said DOT-Region VI director, Atty. Helen J. Catalbas. “We are here for a single purpose – to save Boracay.”/WDJ