LIST: Boracay hotels open for booking by October

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2018 07:20 PM

MANILA - The Department of Tourism on Friday released a list of Boracay establishments where tourists may stay once the island reopens on October 26.

These establishments complied with government requirements, the DOT said.

(The DOT list as of August 28, 2018)

The island was closed last April to give way to a massive cleanup and the rehabilitation of its roads and sewerage system after President Rodrigo Duterte called the tourist destination a "cesspool."

One of the country's most popular beach destinations, Boracay has been plagued with sewage problems and overcrowding, with hotels and shops violating zoning and environment regulations. 

Around 19,000 tourists may only be allowed to stay in Boracay Island once it reopens in October, Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año also said Friday.

The tourist limit is based on the carrying capacity of the island given its number of workers and the local population, Año explained.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat earlier said smoking and drinking along the white beach of Boracay will also no longer be allowed.