From the words of DOT -Western Visayas regional director, lawyer Helen J. Catalbas envisions 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.”
The inter-agencies recommendation to President Duterte to closed down the island does not mean it will no longer accept tourists.“It’s not totally closed to tourists, but we should inform them that they should not expect Boracay to be really orderly when they arrive,” Catalbas added.
The president threatens to shut down the resort island after he made a remark that “Boracay is a cesspool,” during a business forum in Davao last February.
“The full scale closure is not feasible and I don’t think that it is the intention of the DOT,” Catalbas said.
Once the closure is approved, violators would be closed down but compliant establishments will continue to operate, she added.
No flights have been cancelled at the Kalibo and Caticlan airports, and operation of  roll on–roll off (RO-RO) vessels continues. Tourism receipts reveal Boracay earned P56 billion in 2017 from the 2,001,974 tourists who visited the island paradise.
“It’s not totally closed to tourists, but we should inform them that they should not expect Boracay to be really orderly when they arrive,” Catalbas added.

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