Aerial view of Boracay sunset. (via UNTV drone)
BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is working double time prior to the reopening of Boracay Island on October 26.
The agency along with the local government unit in Aklan and other stakeholders are now finalizing the regulations to be imposed 36 days before its soft opening.
Based on DENR’s study, the island can accommodate up to 60,000 people as its ideal carrying capacity is expected to produce nine tons of waste materials on the average.
In order to control the possible influx of residents in the island, the agency is planning to employ a control card system in the island
DENR would only allow up to 19,000 tourists a day who would be required to pass through service operators for monitoring.
“Once we hit the critical mark then that’s a red flag for us already to say they have to be able to present their reservations for the hotels that are compliant so that we can advise the hotels that we are already over the limit,” said Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores.
The number of vehicles in the island will also be trimmed down and old tricycles will be replaced with e-trikes. Hotels, meanwhile, will only be allowed with one service vehicle.
The agency will set up its own satellite office in the island that will ensure that the regulations are strictly followed.
Hotels are subject to performance monitoring and evaluations especially in terms of waste disposal management.
Floating piers will be set up during the soft opening to make it easier for tourists to reach their destination in the island.
A dry run of the soft opening will be held on October 15. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)
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