UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) – The Philippines’ Boracay Island may reopen earlier than expected.
A Department of Environment and Natural Resources official said on June 29 the resort island could again open its doors to tourists as soon as major preconditions are met, such as improvement in water quality.
In a Senate hearing on June 20, Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said cleanup efforts are ahead of schedule and a “soft opening” could happen as early as September.
But Densing warned not all establishments in Boracay would be back to business. He said only about 5% of the over 2,200 businesses in the island are “fully compliant” of permits and licenses.
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay in late April because of environmental degradation. He directed government agencies to rehabilitate it in 6 months time.