Many have become dismayed after the announcement that Boracay is closing down for rehabilitation. But locals and tourists have nothing to worry about as the government promised that the island is set to become a “premium destination” after.
According to lawyer Helen J. Catalbas, who is also the DOT-Western Visayas regional director, “I envision Boracay to be a premium destination after it is closed, and then rehabilitated and opened big time to the world tourism community. It is going to be a destination that has the class that the world expects from the best island in the world.”
She adds that Boracay will still accept tourists even if the island is being rehabilitated. However, she warned that tourists shouldn’t expect things to be in order when they arrive. Compliant establishments are expected to still operate during the rehabilitation.
Tourism is one of Boracay’s sources of income, with the island earning P56 billion from the two million tourists who visited last year.
The government is already preparing plans for the locals who will be displaced once the closure starts. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said they are ready to assist workers through services like job facilitation, livelihood and emergency employment, and skills upgrading and retooling, in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Two job fairs will be held in the island and displaced workers would be hired by businesses not affected by the closure.