By Eimor P. Santos, CNN Philippines
Good news, beach-goers.
The Department of Tourism has allowed more resorts and hotels to operate when Boracay Island reopens on October 26.
It released on Friday a list of 68 accredited establishments offering a total of 3,519 rooms to tourists, up from only 25 in August.
“Only the hotels listed will be allowed to reopen,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said in a tweet.
The establishments have been approved by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, having acquired the required permits from the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The DENR on Friday said it has lifted the suspension of the environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) of “compliant” businesses on the island. Projects that are seen to have potential risks or impacts on the environment need to secure an ECC to be allowed to operate. The DENR in June suspended all ECCs on Boracay for a review.
In a statement Saturday, the DOT warned businesses that are not on the list of accredited establishments to “cease and desist from making room bookings or sale for occupancy” until they have complied with the requirements.
“Those found violating the terms of this advisory shall be dealt with the full force of the law,” the DOT said.
The world-famous tourist destination reopens on October 26 after a six-month clean-up and rehabilitation ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The DENR said the government will now limit the number of tourists in Boracay to only 6,000 per day.