DOT stops Boracay resort accreditation
As part of the government’s holistic approach in protecting Boracay from further degradation, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said it will be suspending accreditation of resorts in the island for the next six months.
DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo also said that resorts, during the six-month moratorium, will be required to put up and maintain individual water-treatment facilities and/or connect to the central sewerage system to prevent further disposal of untreated wastewater into the sea.
Boracay Island Water Corp., a subsidiary of Ayala Group, operates the island’s central sewarage system.
To date, only 41 out of the 600 resorts, hotels and tourism-related businesses operating in Boracay that have DOT accreditations.
Earlier, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said that they will come up with the official list of establishments that failed to comply with the directive.