After the six months rehabilitation that has left one of the world’s best beaches closed off to the global tourist market, Boracay Island is now open and back to business.
With it, the world is rejoicing with our paradise island and is anticipating their long-awaited holiday amid the most prized powdery white sand, clear blue sea and the serenity that has been restored in it and among the local community during its much-needed rest.
While the famous sea has been declared clean and swimmable by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu at the beginning of the island’s dry-run operation on October 15, it is certain that holiday-makers are already geared to bask in the sun and refresh in the crystalline water.
Though tourists will have to select from the limited availability of slots per day from the total tourists capacity of 6,405 arrivals per day into Boracay, as imposed by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) and accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT), this does not quell their excitement and curiosity on the current rehabilitated state of the island.
The “New Boracay” as the island is now tagged seems healthier with the sprouting of more trees on white beach’s vegetation area, the cleanliness that has been enforced and sustained during the closure and the renewed peace and unity within the community.
Nevertheless, the island is far from being at mint condition. There are ongoing road constructions, especially the Main Road, demolitions and renovations of establishments that are affected by the road widening and 25+5 meter coastal setback from the median highest tide and the installment of proper Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP) requirement to get operational business clearance from the DENR and DILG or Department of Interior and Local Government.
These ongoing works may appear as hindrances to tourists at first glance and it might take a while to be completed following the grand re-opening on October 26, but the poignant memories and the enticing sensations of being at Boracay’s pristine white beach are enough to emphasize their appreciation for finally being on the island and to embrace the change that has transpired and that is yet to come.
Noted that gratification for the officially-enforced rehabilitation is in order, proper guidelines are implemented to uphold the beauty and cleanliness of our beloved island, such as “no booking, no entry”, “no compliance, no opening”, “no smoking and no drinking of alcoholic drinks on the beach”, and more.
Evidently, the rehabilitation and respect for the official guidelines prove self-serving for the restoration of Boracay’s innate serenity.