A one-stop shop for business permits opens in Boracay
All the business permits in Boracay can now be obtained through a one-stop shop, which is headed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
This, according to the DENR, is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to promote ease of doing business with government offices.
Aside from staff from the DENR, the one-stop shop is also manned by personnel from the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the one-stop shop will assist business owners in complying with the requirements needed for them to operate when Boracay reopens on October 26.
Cimatu, who also serves as Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) chair, reminded business owners to secure the necessary permits, licenses and certifications, otherwise they will remain closed once the resort island reopens at the end of the six-month rehabilitation period.
“The reopening of Boracay does not mean that all establishments will also reopen. They will have to first secure the necessary permits and comply with existing conditions or requirements,” Cimatu said.
The BIATF was created by Duterte to carry out rehabilitation works in Boracay, which he earlier described as a “cesspool” due to environmental problems plaguing the island known worldwide for its white sand beaches.