Non-compliant Boracay establishment accepting bookings and conducting online promotions may face civil liability, the Boracay Interagency Task Force reminded.
“We are strongly advising non-compliant establishments to delete or put on-hold all online promotions and related collaterals until compliance with the government regulations shall have been accomplished,” a public advisory from the task force released on October 15 stated.
“The actions of these non-compliant establishments in soliciting and/or accepting booking reservations (despite the lack of clearance to open) may be considered deceptive, and may subject them to civil liability/suits,” it added.
The task force likewise urged the public to avoid transactions with establishments that have not yet secured the necessary clearances, permits and/or accreditation from the Department of Tourism.
According to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat there are still only 68 establishments that have complied with the requirements set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Puyat said the number of accredited establishments are still expected to increase days before the opening.
She stressed that the public could only book to compliant establishments.
The task force said establishments that will open starting October 26 will be strictly monitored.