The Department of Tourism 6 has started the inspection of compliant establishments on the island in preparation for the island’s reopening.
DOT 6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas, in an interview, said the inspection is part of the process to get accreditation from the DOT, which will allow establishments to operate when the island opens on October.
As of Aug. 14, there were only 70 establishments that are fully compliant with the requirements set by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malay, according to Catalbas.
Catalbas said they are also waiting for the list of establishment complaint to the requirements of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
She said DOT would only give accreditation to establishments who are compliant with the requirements of the DILG, LGU, and DENR.
Catalbas said the DOT will give consideration and can extend for establishments to comply all their requirements.
The extension will meanwhile depend on the decision of DOT Secretary Bernadette Puyat, according to Catalbas.
Puyat was also recently in Boracay for a meeting with some stakeholders and to conduct an inspection of some businesses.
Meanwhile, Catalbas reiterated that the reopening of Boracay would not be “grand.”
She said the DOT will prepare a “low-key” opening.
She said the reopening would focus more on the tourism sustainability of the island.