No visitors, no tourists: DILG releases Boracay rules during 6-month closure

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 17 2018 02:38 PM

AKLAN, Philippines - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday released a list of rules that locals, expatriates, and journalists will have to follow during the 6-month closure of Boracay.

Gerry Loresco, senior executive assistant of Interior department officer-in-charge Eduardo Año, said the following are the primary rules that will have to be enforced during the 6-month closure of the island paradise:

1. No tourists allowed

Identified tourists shall not be allowed into the island and shall be stopped at the Jetty Port in Malay, Aklan.

2. No ID, no entry

Residents, workers, resort owners shall be allowed entry into the island, subject to the presentation of identification cards specifying residence in Boracay.

All government-issued IDs are acceptable as long as they are accompanied with barangay certification of residence.

3. Swimming allowed only for locals

Swimming shall not be allowed anywhere in the island. However, residents may be allowed to swim only in Angol Beach, located in Station 3, from 6 am to 5 pm.

4. No visitors

No visitors of Boracay shall be allowed entry, except under emergency situations, and with the clearance from the Boracay Security Committee composed of a DILG representative, the police, and local government officials.

5. Journalists not allowed to stay in the island

Media shall be allowed entry subject to prior approval from the Department of Tourism “with a definite duration and limited movement.

6. No floating structures

No floating structures shall be allowed up to 15 kilometers from the shoreline. These include boats and personal water craft (jet ski).

7. Foreign residents to be checked

The Bureau of Immigration shall revalidate the papers of foreigners who have found a home in Boracay.

8. One entry, one exit point

There shall be only one transportation point to Boracay Island. Authorities have yet to decide where these entry and exit points will be.