MORE business establishments in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan will be shuttered in the coming days, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
In a statement, DENR Sec. Roy A. Cimatu, who also chairs the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF), said the closure of 10 establishments in the island is just the start of the crackdown on non-compliant businesses.
The BIATF, through the local government unit of Malay, recently closed down the following violators in the island:
Bella’s Bar and Restaurant, Old Captain Cuisine, Ken Minimart, Ken St., Island Staff Restaurant, Coco
Spa, Kim Ji Man, W Hostel, Boracay Dragon, VIP Souvenir Shop, and YH World Network Service, Inc.
The DENR said Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group General Manager Natividad Bernardino led the team that implemented the closure orders.
Bernardino said Cimatu himself ordered the crackdown on erring establishments amid reports that Chinese businesses have proliferated in the island. These establishments are also accused of using business signage and restaurant menu written in Chinese characters aside from catering to Chinese tourists only.
“It was also observed that there is an increasing number of Chinese and Korean nationals working in Boracay,” Bernandino disclosed.
From May 7 to May 9, 2019, the DILG-led Boracay Inspection Committee inspected 49 establishments with foreign business name or signage.
Ten businesses were found operating without the Mayor’s Permit while 14 failed to complete certain requirements set by the local government and the Bureau of Fire Protection.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III endorsed the list of non-compliant foreign-run businesses to Malay Mayor Abram Sualog for the issuance of closure orders.
The DILG is part of the BIATF.
DENR-6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. said that this closure of establishments in Boracay indicates that the rehabilitation efforts in the island are still active.
Milla said both residents and the business sector will have to be keen on complying with environmental laws and other legal procedure to sustain the gains of the rehabilitation.