LIST: Boracay hotels, resorts allowed to open this October

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 19) — Good news, beach-goers.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has allowed more resorts and hotels to operate when Boracay Island reopens on October 26.

It released on Friday a list of 115 accredited establishments offering a total of 3,365 rooms to tourists, up from only 68 last week





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

"The public is urged to avoid transactions with establishments that have not yet secured the necessary clearances, permits and/or accreditation from the DOT, DENR and DILG, and thus have no assurance to re-open," the DOT said in a statement.

The DOT also warned those who have not made it to the list to stop from 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 reopens on October 26 after a six-month clean-up and rehabilitation ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The DENR said the government will now limit the number of tourists in Boracay to only 6,000 per day.