The Department of Tourism (DOT) sees the release of the Civil Aeronautics Board’s (CAB) new guidelines on the conduct of commercial air transportation serving Boracay Island as a welcome development among the tourism stakeholders of the island.
“We share our stakeholders’ goal of ensuring a thriving and vibrant tourism industry in Boracay and the lifting of the moratorium on all new and additional charter flights to Kalibo and Caticlan will facilitate this. And with these guidelines in place, we are assured that its carrying capacity is strictly enforced by the authorities,” says DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat citing CAB’s plan to spread out the arrivals of the chartered flights and strictly enforce a 30-day application notice prior to the actual date of charter operations.
The DOT also supports the board’s decision to bar the entry of aircraft exceeding the 200-seat capacity.
Moreover, as this move opens the island once again to more tourists, Puyat issues an appeal to those planning to visit to be more circumspect and considerate about the environment.
“We have seen what overtourism has done to the island, and that is something that we cannot afford to happen again. We can’t stress enough how fun it is in Boracay, but we can make it more fun if we are able to preserve it to be enjoyed for generations to come,” adds the tourism chief.
As the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force (BIATF) continues to enforce a “No Compliance, No Permit” policy on the island, the DOT on its part, remains steadfast in monitoring violations in the island.
“As the Philippines takes a leadership role towards sustainability, it is imperative that all government agencies work hand in hand to sustain the gains that we have made. The rehabilitation of the island has been remarkable, and it is a collective effort of everyone involved— private stakeholders, residents, and line agencies alike.”
Based on the 11 July 2019 bulletin of the BIATF, a total of 365 accommodation establishments have been given DOT accreditation providing a total of 13, 142 rooms.