Boracay employees look for new jobs pending closure

Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2018 07:33 PM

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Ten days before the official closure of Boracay, hotel and restaurant owners have begun laying off some of their employees.

With the rehabilitation on its way, employees are looking for new job offers out of the island. 

A job fair was held with some 100 job offers for aspiring applicants. 

Some employees came to look for new jobs. 

Migz Mortez was feeling down after being laid off. He just started his work as a housekeeper in a hotel. But because of the closure, all his savings are used up. He is willing to be relocated, taking new risks for his future.

At the White Beach, a number of tourists - both foreign and local - are enjoying the last few days in the island. 

Hotels, inns and restaurants are business as usual, maximizing whatever they can before the closure.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has issued guidelines and strict measures during the rehabilitation of Boracay.

Effective on the 26th of April, the island will be closed for tourists. 

Residents, workers, business owners and validated foreigners who found home in the island are the only ones allowed to enter Boracay. With required IDs, they can still go in and out of the island during the rehabilitation.

Swimming will be strictly prohibited aside from residents. But then, they will only be allowed to swim at Angol Beach in Station 3 from 5 am to 6 pm.

No visitors shall be allowed entry except in emergency situations, they must seek clearance from DILG, police and LGU officials.

The Jetty Port will also be strictly monitored as well. Identified tourists will be barred at the port.

Floating strucures up to 15 kilometers from the shores are also prohibited.

Journalists who wish to cover the rehabilitation must seek permit from the Department of Tourism. Even after approval, they must follow the given schedule from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. only. No overnight stay will be permitted.

Lastly, there will be one entry and exit point to the island but the authorities have yet to designate the location. 

On Tuesday, an interagency meeting will be held to further discuss the specific plans of action on the island’s rehabilitation.