The beautiful island of Boracay in the Philippines is scheduled to reopen (soft opening) on October 26, 2018, but there’s a catch.
The Philippine government is planning to provide an access cards for those who want to party or relax in the world-renowned Boracay Island.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Wednesday, September 19, that the cards would help the agency monitor and control the number of guests on the island of Boracay.
According to a DENR research study, Boracay can accommodate up to 54,945 people only at any given time. With 19,215 out of that figure are foreign and local tourists.
The tourists reportedly will required to register under a system that would take record of their entry and exit dates as well as how many days they intend to stay in the island of Borcay. The data would then be kept in a capacity management system, which would be reported to regulators.
Moreover, the residents and workers from Boracay and Aklan are also mandated to register through a separate system or platform, and would be issued different access cards indicating that you’re either a local resident or an employee working in the island.
The DENR did not mentioned what agency or department will implement the system or will they commission a private firm or form a new office to run the process.
People working in the island of Boracay during the six-month rehabilitation closure were recently issued identification cards.
DERN brass Secretary Roy Cimatu noted that they would keep an eye how the system would be employed during the dry run period that will kick off on October 15.
“During the dry run, we will see how the entry and exit would. The entry mode will be by boat. We will test the system… They will land on the beach itself and not at the docking port of the island,” Cimatu said.
Now that the White Beach Boracay has now a reopening date (soft opening) on October 26, 2018. The Boracay island will be opened to the general public including tourist visitors on that scheduled date.
While the environment department has a proposed a system to limit tourist flocks in the Boracay Island, data show there were no issue on the number of temporary visitors.
The average number of guests in annually was only at 18,255, less than 960 from Boracay’s holding capacity.
Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat recently said that her agency is in negotiation with budget airlines to limit flights to the Caticlan and Kalibo international airports. The flag carrier Philippine Airlines has committed to keep their daily flights to Caticlan to just once.