Last April, the government issued a closure of Boracay Island, one of the Philippines’ major tourist destinations. It was part of the government’s effort at the island’s environmental rehabilitation for 6 months. After months of waiting, the much-awaited soft opening day of Boracay officially took place on October 15.
The island finally reopened for the 10-day dry run before the official opening on October 26. The locals first experienced the restored beauty of the Boracay, as they are seen running towards the pristine beach. Judging on the video and photos shared on the web, the improvement is quite noticeable. It is now spotless, unspoiled, and fresh.
During the dry run, the government will still be checking the island including the water quality, solid waste management, and transportation system. According to Environment chief Roy Cimatu, only the residents of Aklan and Filipino tourists received permission to enter the island. The government allotted 2,000 rooms for the expected visitors of Boracay.
Furthermore, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) places boats at the Station 2 and 3 of the islands intended for local tourists. Meanwhile, workers will be permitted to enter Boracay through Tambisaan port. Many look forward to the continued development of the island.
On the other hand, one netizen took photos of the clutter that once again surfaced after the opening of Boracay. Apparently, there are still people who wouldn’t cooperate with the government’s rehabilitation project.
We really hope that when Boracay officially reopen on October 26, people will team up with the government on maintaining the cleanliness in the entire islands of Boracay.
Watch the soft opening day of Boracay below:
WATCH: The soft opening of Boracay officially begins today after being shut down for rehabilitation in April. | via Walter Bollozos/ STAR
Posted by Philippine Star on Sunday, October 14, 2018