Boracay inter-agency body to create one-stop-shop for business permits

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Establishments that have yet to comply with regulations may transact with government agencies at the one-stop-shop in Boracay.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 28) — The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is establishing a one-stop shop to assist establishments on the island in complying government requirements to operate a business.

Task Force chair Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu announced this at the end of the meeting of the government body Friday in Boracay.

Cimatu said the one-stop-shop shall be manned by personnel of various government agencies, especially from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Establishments that have yet to comply with regulations may transact with the agencies at the one-stop-shop without the need to visit offices of these agencies, Cimatu said.

The secretary also emphasized that those establishments that are already compliant with regulations may secure clearances from the DENR, DILG, and DOT at the one-stop-shop.

Cimatu said the establishment of the one-stop-shop is in line with the "no compliance, no operation" policy of the government when Boracay reopens in October.

It is also in compliance with government's program on ease of doing business, Cimatu added. The location of the one-stop shop will be announced later by the task force.

As of last month, nearly 100 of the 2,269 establishments inspected by the task force have been fully-compliant with permits, licenses and environmental clearances. The task force failed to inspect 561 others, as they were already closed.

Boracay has been closed to tourists since April 26 in accordance with President Duterte's order to rehabilitate the island for six months, after he called the island a "cesspool" due to pollution.