Aklan residents to be given priority in Boracay opening dry run

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 13 2018 08:16 PM

Less than two weeks before the soft opening of Boracay, 68 accommodation establishments have already completed their requirements with the tourism, interior and local government, and environment departments. File/Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

BORACAY ISLAND—Less than two weeks before the soft opening of this island, 68 accommodation establishments have already completed their requirements with the tourism, interior and local government, and environment departments.

They’re the only ones allowed to operate, according to the Boracay inter-agency task force (BIATF).

Besides these hotels and resorts, other compliant establishments will also be allowed to operate during the dry run.

In that period from October 15 to 25, Aklanons who wish to visit the island will be given priority.

One thousand rooms will be made available for them on the first day of the dry run, and another 1,000 on the second day.

In a statement, the tourism department warned non-compliant establishments to cease and desist from making room bookings starting October 26 until such time that all their requirements are in order and complete.

The entry and exit points of Boracay for Monday’s dry run
are also already set.

There will be two drop-off and pick-up points for tourists at the beachfront, instead of Cagban Port.

A temporary pontoon or floating bridge has been set up for locals and tourists in Station 3.

Shuttle vehicles are also available in these drop off points.

There will also be alternative routes for e-tricycles and other vehicles since portions of the main road are still under construction.

To expedite the construction, window hours are observed for motorists who wish to pass through the main road: from midnight to 4 a.m., and from noon to 1 p.m.

The BIATF earlier advised tourists to temper expectations regarding the progress of rehabilitation, since it will take more than six months to fully rehabilitate the island.