AKLAN, Philippines - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday released a list of rules that locals, expatriates, and journalists will have to follow during the 6-month closure of Boracay.
Gerry Loresco, senior executive assistant of Interior department officer-in-charge Eduardo Año, said the following are the primary rules that will have to be enforced during the 6-month closure of the island paradise:
1. No tourists allowed
Identified tourists shall not be allowed into the island and shall be stopped at the Jetty Port in Malay, Aklan.
2. No ID, no entry
Residents, workers, resort owners shall be allowed entry into the island, subject to the presentation of identification cards specifying residence in Boracay.
All government-issued IDs are acceptable as long as they are accompanied with barangay certification of residence.
3. Swimming allowed only for locals
Swimming shall not be allowed anywhere in the island. However, residents may be allowed to swim only in Angol Beach, located in Station 3, from 6 am to 5 pm.
4. No visitors
No visitors of Boracay shall be allowed entry, except under emergency situations, and with the clearance from the Boracay Security Committee composed of a DILG representative, the police, and local government officials.
5. Journalists not allowed to stay in the island
Media shall be allowed entry subject to prior approval from the Department of Tourism “with a definite duration and limited movement.
6. No floating structures
No floating structures shall be allowed up to 15 kilometers from the shoreline. These include boats and personal water craft (jet ski).
7. Foreign residents to be checked
The Bureau of Immigration shall revalidate the papers of foreigners who have found a home in Boracay.
8. One entry, one exit point
There shall be only one transportation point to Boracay Island. Authorities have yet to decide where these entry and exit points will be.