LIST: 11 Chinese, Korean businesses in Boracay ordered closed
Robie de Guzman • May 21, 2019 • 10911
Several business establishments owned by foreign nationals on Boracay island have been ordered closed by the government.
In a list released on Tuesday, eleven restaurants and other businesses mostly owned by Chinese and Korean nationals were shut down for lack of necessary permits to operate.
Establishments ordered for closure are listed below:
1. Bella’s Bar and Restaurant
2. Great Wall Inn and Restaurant
3. Old Captain Cuisine
4. Ken Minimart
5. Ken St.
6. Island Staff Restaurant
7. Coco Spa
8. Kim Ji Man
9. W Hostel Boracay Dragon
10. VIP Souvernir Shop
11. YH World Network Services, Inc.
The list was released by the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group following a crackdown and inspection of businesses with names and signage written in foreign characters from May 7 to May 9, 2019.
Out of the 49 establishments inspected, the 11 stores listed were found without mayor’s permit while 14 were unable to complete requirements in putting up a business as stated in a local ordinance.
Closure order for these establishments has been issued by the Office of the Municipal Mayor following a recommendation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Authorities said these establishments will not be allowed to operate until they are found to be compliant with the local ordinance articulating the process that must be followed when opening a business in the world-renowned island. (with details from Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has lifted the swimming ban on Section 1 of Boracay Island after being closed for some time due to a defecation incident involving foreign tourists.
The Department declared on Thursday (August 15) that water quality at the incident site is already safe from coliform content.
Based on the result of the water quality test conducted on Wednesday (August 14), the coliform content in the area is now at 1 most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters (ml).
This is way below the normal level of at least 100 MPN / 100ml of water which is the standard to consider that the water is safe for swimming.
Thus, Secretary Cimatu ordered to remove the cordon and signage of the swimming ban that were installed 100 meters along the beach front of Section 1.
Meanwhile, Malacañang condemns the actions of the Chinese tourists and according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, they should be held liable for violating environmental laws in the island.
“It’s a violation. We are not happy about that,” Panelo said.
“We’re supposed to be cleaning it up. Pagkatapos (Then) some people are messing It up. Hindi maganda. (That’s unfavorable) Whether filipino yun, o tourist, it’s offensive to the sight. It’s not a good scene,” he added.
Panelo calls on foreign tourists to abide by the law whenever they are in the country.
Meanwhile, the Boracay management was quick to provide portable restrooms for tourists following the incident.
Boracay authorities are planning to review local ordinances to make sure they still fit to the current situation in the tourist island. – MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Wednesday (August 14) ordered the temporary closure of Section 1 in Boracay Island following an incident where a foreign tourist allowed her child to poop in its shoreline.
A video of the tourist went viral on social media which also showed another woman burying a used diaper into the sand, according to the narration in the recording.
Cimatu, who heads the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF), ordered a 2 to 3-day closure of a portion of the beach where the defecation incident happened to allow clean-up operation.
The closed portion was cordoned off and placed with markers that say: “Temporarily closed for swimming. (Clean up ongoing.)”
Within the 48 to 72-hour rehabilitation period, water samples from the affected area will be observed and checked until the tests reveal that water quality is restored to safe level.
According to BIATF General Manager Naty Bernardino, the closure order covers the 100 meter beachfront of Station 1 where the incident happened.
“Mayroong nakabantay doon na (The area is guarded by a) PNP personnel to really enforce the no swimming policy temporary,” Bernardino said.
Meanwhile, the official said they are planning to review all existing municipal ordinances to determine if they remain relevant to the current situation in the tourist island.
“There’s a need to, you know, palakasin pa iyong penalties niya (strengthen the penalities). (Strengthen the) penalty system para talaga ma-prevent, ma-deter ang mga (to prevent, to deter the) violators from doing various violations,” Bernardino said.
Based on the current municipal ordinance of Malay, Aklan, illegal waste disposal in public places in Boracay such as the beach area is punishable with P2,500 fine which, according to Bernardino, is definitely a small amount. – MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)
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