Following its six month rehabilitation, this world-famous tourist island has once again open its door to tourist on Friday.
To signify the new face of the island, a new Boracay icon was unveiled at Cagban Port, the main entry point in the island to welcome both local and international tourists.
The activity was led by members of the Boracay Interagency Task Force including Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat as well as other executive officials from different agencies involved on Boracay closure.
The newly paved Cagban road was likewise opened in conjunction with the opening of the Cagban Port. The Cagban road is part of the 4.1 kilometer road being rehabilitated by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said road construction included in the first phase of the island’s rehabilitation is already 80 percent done.
Villar said road construction is expected to finish by the first week of December.
During the reopening, more than 100 Kaligtasan at Kalikasan (KALIGKASAN) volunteers of the Philippine National Police also took oath as environmental enforcers in the island.
Kaligkasan is a PNP program which mobilizes community members to help in security and environmental protection in tourist destinations in the country.
PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde said the project which was piloted in Boracay will also be replicated in other tourism areas including Coron and Puerto in Palawan, Oslob in Cebu, Siargao, La Union, and Baler among others.
Aside from the Kaligkasan volunteers, 32 environmental law enforcers of the DENR dubbed as Lawin also took oath on Friday.
The group of volunteers will be patrolling the beach areas of Boracay, according to Cimatu.