Boracay closure will not be extended than October 26, according to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who also heads the inter-agency task force for Boracay rehabilitation.
Cimatu said businesses in Boracay may already start accepting bookings for October 27 onwards.
However, Cimatu stressed that only establishments that are compliant with government and environmental regulations shall be allowed to operate.
“Those establishments who are not compliant and still face cases, that is a big “no” for them,” Cimatu said.
Of the 2,269 establishments on the island, only 95 are compliant, according to Department of Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año.
“Marami silang aayusin bago sila makapag-continue ng business nila,” said Año.
Cimatu meanwhile said more than 50 percent of rehabilitation works is already done.
“We have already identified everything. Implementation na lang ito. It is only a matter of time,” Cimatu told the members of the media.
He said various government agencies are on track on meeting the task force’s mandate.
Cimatu said the task force has started removing the illegal settlers in the different wetlands on the island to improve the quality of water in Bulabog.
“Habang andyan sila, ang coliform level andyan. Kung mawala ang tao dyan, lilinis na yun,” he said.
He said the DENR and the Local Government Unit of Malay has already identified a 10-hectare property for the relocation site of those who will be displaced.
While the relocation site is set, families who will be displaced from Boracay will be sheltered first at the temporary evacuation center in mainland Malay, he said.
Cimatu said the food and other assistance shall also be provided for those who will be transferred to the evacuation centers.
He said water quality at the White Beach has already improved since the island was closed from tourism activities.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will also start with the construction of the 5-kilometer main road starting July, according to DPWH Undersecretary Roberto Bernardo.
Clearing operation and road widening along the main road is still ongoing, according to the DPWH. (Boracay Informer/KVB)