Security beef up
The Philippine Coast Guard will deploy additional personnel in Boracay to help ensure the safety of tourists going and out of the island . Aside from the Coast Guard, more police personnel will also be stationed in various locations on the island. The additional security force is also to ensure smooth flow of passengers in Caticlan Jetty Port due to the holiday season. Aside from tourists, the port is also expected to serve passengers who are home for the long holidays.
Number of compliant accommodations increase; Boracay fully booked for New Year
The number of compliant accommodation establishments in Boracay continues to increase. As of the latest count last December 17, there are already 285 establishments which bring a total of 10,076 rooms on the island . This number is expected to increase as the accreditation process continues. With the New Year celebration, most of these compliant hotels and resorts are fully booked.
Increased water rates
Starting January 1, water rates in Boracay will increase by 18 percent . The increase will apply to consumers of Boracay Island Water Company. While it will not be shouldered directly by tourists, they are still advised to practice water conservation. Most hotels on the island encourage their guests to help in conserving the island’s resource.
Tourists reminded of island’s anti-littering rules
Following the island’s rehabilitation, local ordinances like anti-littering have been intensified too . Stricter implementation of the ordinance is imposed. Tourists are therefore reminded to be responsible of their trash.