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Binay recommends naming of Boracay rehabilitation ‘czar’

SENATOR NANCY Binay-Angeles on Sunday asked Malacañang to appoint a “Boracay czar” who would serve as the lead person for all matters concerning the...

Senate hearing flags pace of Boracay cleanup

THE chairperson of the Senate committee on environment and natural resources expressed doubt that Boracay can be opened prior to its six-month period of rehabilitation, given its pace.

Government discusses possible “soft opening” of Boracay

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Epimaco V. Densing III on Wednesday said the government is looking into a possible "soft...

W. Visayas wage hike to be delayed in Boracay, rest of...

ILOILO CITY -- The wage increase ordered for the Western Visayas region, or Region VI, will be implemented at a later date in Aklan province in consideration of the temporary closure of the resort island of Boracay.

More illegally connected pipes uncovered in Boracay’s drainage system

Boracay Island Water Co., Inc. has plugged 36 more illegally connected pipes to the island's drainage system, its parent firm said on Wednesday, June...

Duterte reaffirms ‘entire island’ of Boracay to go under land reform

AMID REHABILITATION efforts in the tourist island of Boracay, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Wednesday, “I’m declaring land reform for the entire island of Boracay.”

PCG tightens security in Boracay after illegal entry of 5 locals,...

THE PHILIPPINE Coast Guard (PCG) is tightening security around Boracay after five locals and one South Korean were recently apprehended for illegally entering the...

One of 33 unearthed pipes has very high coliform bacteria level

ONE of 33 pipes so far found buried right at Boracay’s famed White Sand Beach area has tested positive for very high coliform bacteria...

Promoting PHL a ‘tough sell’ after Boracay shutdown

By Janina C. Lim, Reporter EUROPEANS are thinking twice over including the Philippines as part of their travel destination list — this, after the closure...

DTI to provide assistance to MSMEs affected by Boracay closure

The Department of Trade and Industry is looking to boost its livelihood programs in Boracay to especially assist micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs)...

Lesson from Boracay: DBM to ease approval for projects in...

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) will now be “more tolerant” of budget proposals seeking to rehabilitate and develop tourist spots, following the...

P490M for Boracay road rehabilitation out this week

THE GOVERNMENT is set to release this week more funds to support road works in Boracay, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said. “The...

NEDA-6 head defends statement on Boracay closure impact

NATIONAL ECONOMIC and Development Authority-Western Visayas (NEDA-6) Regional Director Ro-Ann A. Bacal has defended her statements on the impact of Boracay’s temporary closure to...

PAGCOR: Galaxy’s $500-M Boracay resort is on hold

MANILA — The Philippines gaming regulator said a plan by Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group to build a $500-million integrated casino resort on a Philippine...

DoT counters NEDA: Boracay closure won’t necessarily slow down Western Visayas...

THE WESTERN Visayas office of the Department of Tourism (DoT-6) disagrees with its National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) counterpart in the assessment that...

Gov’t releases P448 million for workers displaced by Boracay shutdown

THE government has released P448 million to finance livelihood programs that will benefit workers affected by Boracay’s six-month closure. These funds, which were released to...

Closed for renovation

By Teddy Y. Montelibano BORACAY — A few days before the closure, the mood in Boracay was, understandably, subdued, if not totally gloomy. “This is the...

Palace order out on Boracay as rehabilitation begins

MALACAÑANG on Thursday issued President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Proclamation No. 475 declaring the “temporary closure of (Boracay) island as a tourist destination.” The proclamation also...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts face endless problems (1998)

By Eduardo L. Jalbuna ILOILO CITY - The famed island of Boracay may have survived the coliform contamination controversy last year, but the nearly year-old financial...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay developers not worried over contamination controversy (1997)

By Annie Ruth C. Sabangan The three biggest property developers on Boracay Island said they are not threatened by the publicized report of the Department...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Resorts lost P6.5M due to Boracay row (1997)

By Eduardo L. Jalbuna ILOILO — Boracay resort operators had incurred losses amounting to P6.5 million as a result of reports of unsafe water in...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts brace for less tourist arrivals (1997)

The Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) Region 6 director Edwin G. Trompeta recently warned of a decline in visitor arrivals in Boracay Island due to...

No crowds

BORACAY, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations and has been facing serious environmental degradation, is uncrowded on April 25, 2018, a day...

DTI identifies programs that will help workers affected by Boracay closure

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) once again assured that it has identified initiatives to cushion the impact to workers and entrepreneurs of...

Workers question constitutionality of Boracay closure, ask SC to issue TRO

Workers and residents of Boracay, through the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL), on Wednesday, April 25, filed a complaint before the Supreme Court...

BHI lists countermeasures for Boracay closure

Boulevard Holdings, Inc. (BHI) has provided countermeasures for the company’s operations in Boracay given the island’s shutdown on Thursday, April 26, including the payment...

NEDA: Six-month closure of Boracay to cost P1.96 billion

THE CLOSURE and rehabilitation of Boracay is seen to cost the economy some P1.96 billion in six months, the National Economic and Development Authority...

Boracay temporary closure to cost PHL economy nearly P2 billion —...

THE CLOSURE and rehabilitation of Boracay is seen to cost the economy some P1.96 billion in six months, the National Economic and Development Authority...

Boracay rehab masterplan to include other islands — DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be updating the master plan for Boracay to include the neighboring islands in the Northern...

DoLE to hire 5,000 Boracay informal workers, IPs for island rehab...

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will hire 5,000 informal workers and indigenous people (IPs) members in Boracay as part of its 30-day...

DAR to hold on-site evaluation of Boracay

AGRICULTURAL land in Boracay with an estimated total of four hectares will be assessed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) ahead of the...

DAR to assess parts of Boracay that can be subjected to...

Patches of agricultural land in Boracay with an estimated total of four hectares will be assessed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) ahead...

Boracay stakeholders still in the dark as closure nears

STAKEHOLDERS gathered in a Department of Tourism (DoT)–organized Save Boracay Workshop, nine days before the country’s premier tourist destination will be shut down by...

400 cops to be deployed in Boracay to prevent entry of...

AT LEAST “400 policemen” will be deployed to Boracay “to prevent” local and foreign tourists from entering the island beginning April 26, incoming Philippine National...

Palace insists ‘no new casino’ in Boracay; PAGCOR permits China firm...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter "No new casino will rise in Boracay," Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. said on Wednesday, April 11, despite...

Boracay may reopen in 4 months but with limited tourists: Teo

The Philippines is looking to shorten the closure period for its most popular holiday hotspot Boracay to four months from six, but the number...

Fridays Boracay operator estimates P45.5-million revenue loss from island shutdown

The operator of Fridays Boracay Beach Resort will take a hit following the “impulsive” decision of the government to close the island for rehabilitation,...

Finding his place in the sun

Alfonso Louis Chusuey talks about the growth of the Henann Group of Resorts and the possible closure of Boracay.

Duterte mulls turning Boracay into ‘land reform area’ for farmers

President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Monday, April 9, that the controversial Boracay island may be subject to land reform coverage. The President made his...

Study that will show Boracay’s ‘carrying capacity’ out end of April

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be releasing a study on the carrying capacity of Boracay island by the end of April. Designated...

DENR anticipates legal challenge to Boracay closure

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said Friday it is anticipating the closure of the resort island of...

AUB to aggressively sign up WeChat Pay merchants during Boracay closure

THE impending closure of Boracay is viewed as an opportunity for WeChat Pay to sign up merchants eager to recoup lost revenue when the...

PAL, Cebu Pacific, Airasia announce flight changes on impending Boracay closure

The three major carriers in the country have shifted their focus on flights to and from Boracay, to other island destinations following the impending...

Duterte approves six-month closure of Boracay starting April 26

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior...

DTI recommends closure of Boracay ‘in phases’

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) has formally recommended to the Office of the President that the closure of Boracay “can be done...