Gov't to impose strict compliance with guidelines on Boracay dry run

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Authorities will remain rigid in their monitoring measures during Boracay's partial reopening on Monday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) — As Boracay prepares to open its doors to the public once again, authorities will remain strict in their monitoring efforts to ensure success on its dry run. 

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said they shall stringently enforce a "no compliance, no operation" policy for establishments in the tourist destination during its partial reopening on Monday. 

"We will be monitoring a lot of things, from managing the entrance, exit, and stay of the tourists, to enforcing rule of law on establishments that have been found to be non-compliant to laws and regulations," Cimatu said in a statement Saturday. 

This means only the establishments included in the list allowed to reopen in October should receive bookings and reservations. 

LINK: LIST: Boracay hotels, resorts allowed to open this October 

These hotels were accredited by the Department of Tourism and the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) headed by Cimatu, for securing the required permits from the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

"We will not hesitate to close hotels and other establishments that would operate without clearance from the BIATF," Cimatu said.

The DENR released guidelines on Boracay's reopening, including a limitation to the number of tourists to only 6,000 per day, which shall be strictly followed during the dry run. 

The dry run will span 11 days before the island formally reopens on October 26. 

During the dry run, the BIATF shall also enforce a traffic scheme that includes ferrying visitors from the Tambisaan port or pontoons to set up at different boat stations. Vehicles operating without a permit shall also face impoundment or confiscation.