LIST: Boracay hotels, resorts allowed to accept reservations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Good news, beachgoers.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has allowed more resorts and hotels to operate in November, just a few weeks after Boracay Island officially reopened following an extensive clean-up.

The DOT released on Wednesday an updated list of 192 accredited establishments, offering a total of 8,277 rooms, up from 7,308 last October.

 

The establishments have been approved by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, having secured the required permits from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

READ: Boracay reopens after six-month extensive clean-up

The DOT had earlier warned those who have not made it to the list to stop promoting their businesses until they have complied with the requirements.

"We are also strongly advising non-compliant establishments to delete or put on-hold all online promotions and related collaterals until compliance with the government regulations shall have been accomplished," it said.

The DENR has lifted the suspension of the environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) of "compliant" businesses on the island. Projects that are seen to have potential risks or impacts on the environment need to secure an ECC to be allowed to operate. The DENR in June suspended all ECCs on Boracay for a review.

The world-famous tourist destination reopened on October 26 after a six-month clean-up and rehabilitation ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo Puyat, meanwhile, reminded tourists to be "responsible" as Boracay opened its doors again to the public.

"As we welcome a better Boracay, the Department of Tourism urges everyone to be responsible tourists. It is the key to the preservation of this national treasure," she said.

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force and local government have also issued guidelines for visitors to follow.

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