DENR bans Boracay boat trips at night


Posted at Sep 28 2018 12:23 PM | Updated as of Sep 28 2018 01:39 PM

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Boats ferrying passengers to and from Boracay Island will be prohibited from operating at night, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Friday, less than a month before the island's expected reopening.

Transport groups in Boracay will field "high-capacity" boats to cater to more passengers per trip, Environment Usec. Sherwin Rigor said in a press conference.

"Kung 25-40 'yung [capacity ng] sinakyan niyo, magpu-put up sila ng boats na may capacity na 150-200 para during the pasok time 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. or 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., mabilis ang lipat ng workers," Rigor said.

"With that capacity, mas maliit 'yung pamasahe nila for that [trip]," he said.

The government earlier said island workers will no longer be allowed to stay in Boracay beyond their work shifts to avoid overcrowding in the island.

The island, famous for its powdery white sand beach, was closed to tourists in April for a 6-month rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte described its waters as cesspools.

The island is expected to be reopened on October 26.