The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is asking establishments in Boracay to hire locals in order to control the number of people staying in the island, following its re-opening after its six-month long rehabilitation.
During a press conference in Boracay on Friday, October 26, DENR. Sec. Roy Cimatu said that they asked establishments to appropriate 20% of their work force for residents of the island.
According to Cimatu, most of the workers in Boracay come from other regions since owners of establishments tend to employ workers from their hometowns, and not from the island.
“Halimbawa, kung taga-Iloilo yung may-ari ng hotel, lahat ng kinukuha niyang trabahador ay from Iloilo,” Cimatu said during the press conference of the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force.
“We are envisioning that dapat, in any one time, meron 20% na taga-Boracay na nasa work force na iyan,” Cimatu added.
The environment secretary also said that they have requested the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to provide free training so that Boracay natives can work in hotels and restaurants.
DENR officials previously announced that the number of workers in Boracay should not exceed to 15,000 individuals in order to maintain the estimated 55,000 carrying capacity of the island. The government would also limit the number of arriving individuals to 6,405 per day so that it would not exceed the 19,000 limit for tourists.
The rehabilitation of Boracay, which started in April, resulted from President Rodrigo Duterte calling the known tourist destination as a ‘cesspool’ during a business forum held last February.
The government held a soft re-opening of Boracay from October 15 to 25.