Fewer flights eyed for Boracay
Once it opens, the number of tourists entering Boracay each day will still be limited to only 6,405 and 19,215 at any given time based on the island’s carrying capacity. To ensure that visitors will be within the capacity, the Department of Tourism is also eyeing to cut the number of flights via Caticlan Airport and Kalibo International Airport . In media interviews, DOT Secretary Bernadette Puyat said initial talks with different airlines have been done already.
New sewer guidelines for establishments
To ensure the water quality of the island, the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) has required establishments to either have their own sewage treatment plants (STPs) or to connect to a sewer network . Beachfront establishments and those with over 40 rooms anywhere in the island are required to have their own STPs, while those with 39 rooms and below are meanwhile required to connect to a sewer network. The new guidelines aim to ensure that wastewater will be treated and also to prevent illegal discharges to the beach.
Dry run prior to reopening
Before the rest of the world could experience Boracay again, people from Aklan, Iloilo, Capiz, and Antique can already have a glimpse of new face of the island starting October 15 to 25 . However, only 1,000 rooms will be allowed to operate on October 15, and another 1,000 the next day . The dry run is set by the task force to ensure the quality of the sewerage system and water quality. Tourists can also only stay at compliant establishments. Before going, they must also secure first a reservation. Compliant establishments will all be allowed to open starting October 26.