Gov't imposes scheduling system for boats headed to Boracay

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 19 2018 11:55 AM

FILE PHOTO: Tourists leave the island on April 26, 2018, signaling the start of the six-month closure of Boracay. ABS-CBN News 

MANILA - A scheduling system will be implemented for boats servicing the Caticlan-Boracay route, an Environment official said Friday, a week before Boracay Island reopens for tourists.

The new scheduling system for boats was implemented as the government continues to find ways to limit the number of tourists and workers staying in the congested island.

"Hindi natin babawasan 'yung boats but we will be regulating them through scheduling," Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Sherwin Rigor said.

Rigor neither mentioned the schedule of trips or the number of boats authorized to shuttle passengers to and from Boracay.

The government earlier said evening ferry trips to and from the island will be prohibited.

Boat repairs will also be prohibited around the island "so as not to contribute oil and other mineral petroleum" to the waters, Rigor said.

Tourists and boatmen will also be prohibited from discharging any form of liquid from the vessel into the sea, he said.