The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reiterated that paraw or sailboats and island hopping activities in this resort island will not be banned.
DENR Spokesperson Benny Antiporda in a press conference on Friday said paraw and island hopping activities will only be temporarily suspended on the first to two weeks of the reopening.
This is to give way for the marine biodiversity assessment as well as in crafting regulations for them. “It will not be stopped, it will only be regulated,” he said.
The DENR spokesperson likewise clarified that water sports activities on the island will eventually be “resumed on stages.” “These are tourist attractions, we cannot stop them because this is their livelihood,” Antiporda stressed.
Aside from paraw sailing and island hopping, other water sports activities and diving will also be resumed on stages, according to the DENR.
The marine biodiversity assessment will be spearheaded by the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the DENR with the assistance of the Boracay Business Administration of Scuba Shops (BBASS) and the water sports association on the island.
The task force is also eyeing to put up a common terminal for waters sports activities.