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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...

NBI nabs illegal Boracay land sellers

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested five individuals suspected of "illegally selling inalienable lands in Boracay island," according to its press statement. Suspects...

PCCI calls for government to reconsider plan to shut down Boracay

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has called on the government to hear out stakeholders before finalizing its shutdown on Boracay establishments. In...

LRWC defends Boracay project

LEISURE AND RESORTS World Corp. (LRWC) on Monday defended its $550-million Boracay resort project, saying it is not a mega casino. In a statement, LRWC said...

LRWC: Boracay resort not a ‘mega casino’

Leisure and Resorts World Corp. (LRWC) clarified on Monday, March 26, that the $500-million Boracay resort it will be developing is not a mega...

DENR to draft management plans for other tourist spots

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will come up with management plans for other tourist sites in the country to avoid the...

House committee on tourism backs temporary closure of Boracay

The House committee on tourism expressed support in the proposed temporary closure of Boracay as following its own inquiry into the woes of the...

Duterte backs closure of Boracay for a few months

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, March 20, assured the inter-agency task force working on the rehabilitation of the country’s world-famous...

Senators voice concern over Boracay shutdown

By Camille A. Aguinaldo SENATORS on Friday expressed their dismay over the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior...

Lawmakers say closing Boracay for a year will do more harm...

Senators on Friday, March 16, expressed their dismay over the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and...

DENR chief warns Boracay establishments not connected to sewer lines

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called for the local government unit in Aklan to strictly enforce the legislation that requires both...

Binay calls for evaluation of LGUs in ‘island destinations’

Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay on Thursday, March 8, wants an inventory of the country's tourism island destinations to check the local government...

Pimentel: Closing Boracay is ‘good in the long run’

Senate President Aquilino L. Pimentel III on Wednesday, March 7, expressed his support to the government's plan to temporarily close Boracay Island to tourists...

The perils of overtourism

By Mark Louis F. Ferrolino Special Features Writer The Philippines, which boasts of a colorful history and culture, rich biodiversity and stunning attractions, has continued to...

Senate holds hearing in Boracay, tackles island’s environmental concerns

By Camille A. Aguinaldo SENATOR Cynthia A. Villar wants erring businesses closed down while compliant ones remain operational instead of imposing a 60-day total shutdown...

DENR issues show-cause order to Boracay environmental violators

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday has served show cause orders to 842 establishments in Boracay that have violated the...

Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment plans up to $500-M casino resort in Boracay

Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd 0027.HK plans to invest as much as $500 million to build an integrated casino-resort in the Philippines,...

Potatoes in Paradise

POTATOES USA, the marketing organization of American potato growers, hosted the fifth “Potato Safari” from Nov. 6-9, and partnered with three restaurants in Boracay...

Staying at the quiet side of Boracay

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter The hum of cicadas during the evening as I looked out from my balcony at the Savoy Hotel accented a...

Celebrating idleness

Words and images by Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman AFTER SAILING for nine hours straight, I have perfected the art of doing nothing. Going to Boracay...

Coming soon: Mövenpick Boracay

By Zsarlene B. Chua ​MÖVENPICK Hotel and Resorts have added another Philippine property to their portfolio as they are set to open Mövenpick Boracay in...

Going to Boracay? Read this.

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman THE BORACAY of simple nipa huts and backpackers’ dreams is long gone. While Boracay is still a consistent top choice among...