Unveiling the New Boracay Island this 2018
Boracay Island is one of the most visited beaches in the Philippines. For decades, Boracay has made its gloriousness known worldwide, even being competitive enough to compete with other countries’ beaches.
It was on April 2018 when President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to close down Boracay for rehabilitation. The rehabilitation project is said to take up to 6 months. The rehabilitation project started on April 26, 2018 and the newly-rehabilitated Boracay will be having its soft opening this October 26, 2018.
Source: ABS CBN, construction of the Boracay circumferential road
President Duterte said that Boracay has "become a cesspool of human waste", which was absolutely true. The Boracay of a decade ago would have been ashamed of the 2017 Boracay. He also stated that he wanted to fix the sewage and garbage disposal problems of the island. Boracay used to accommodate 30,000 to 70,000 people which results in overcrowding.
On the other hand, after the ongoing rehabilitation President Duterte and Boracay Interagency Task Force (BITF) cancelled the casinos that operate in Boracay. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer Jose Tria Jr. automatically informed and released the order to shut down the two casinos under them namely: The Galaxy Entertainment Group and Alpha Allied Holding that was operating in Movenpick Boracay.
Source: Marnie Giron, ABS-CBN website
Last August 31, 2018, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) listed 25 hotels and resorts that have complied with the permits and clearances required to operate in Boracay. List Accredited by the DOT:
- Luana Hotel/Hue Hotel
- Astoria Current
- Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel
- Boracay Haven Resort
- Boracay Haven Suites
- Casa Pilar Beach Resort
- Boracay Holidays Beach Resort
- El Centro Beach Resort
- De Paris Beach Resort
- Best Western Boracay Tropics
- Surfside Boracay Resort & Spa
- Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort
- Discovery Shores
- The Lazy Dog
- Red Coconut Beach Hotel
- Starfire Resort
- Canyon de Boracay
- AV Seven Resort
- Azalea Apartment Hotel
- Reef Retreat Resort
- Nigi-nigi Nu Noos'E 'Nu Nu Noos Beach
- The Club Ten Beach Resort Boracay
- Ferra Hotel
- Den Pasar Beach Resort
- Blue Coral Beach Resort
List accurate as of 24 October 2018.
Local residents have supported this endeavor from the start. The rehabilitation and cleaning of Boracay is worth it. Although there have been significant loss in tourism revenue, this is the way to sustainably ensure that we preserve the island's beauty.
The island is like a paradise indeed and many travellers were already so excited to experience the powder-like white sand beaches. Some hotels have already started accepting bookings for the soft opening and many of them are already fully-booked!
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