Rappler's latest stories on Boracay shutdown
Some 29 volunteers from mission groups were supposed to distribute food packs to Boracay residents affected by the closure, says Rise Up Aklan provincial coordinator Kim-Sin Tugna
Boracay Water says some of the used water in the Balabag facility will be transmitted to Manoc-Manoc for treatment to 'maximize the combined capacity of both treatment plants'
'Tiyaga-tiyaga pa rin talaga,' says Michelle, one of the 36,000 workers affected by President Rodrigo Duterte's order to close Boracay for 6 months
'I do not interfere in the work of the Cabinet members,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that he does 'not just revoke recommendations'
''Yung pagkain ko ng dalawang beses sa isang araw, isa na lang para makatipid,' according to a cook in Boracay, who also says it would allow him to save money for his children's education
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The government, some residents, and business owners have started demolishing parts of their homes and establishments
Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III says that at least 10 local government officials are responsible for the neglect of the island
Boracay's shores are teeming with green algae but tourists don't seem to bother
Some restaurants offer as low as 50% off on their menu, just so they use up their remaining supplies
Officials say that security in the island is guaranteed as military and police will exercise 'maximum security'
(UPDATED) 'Inuubos na lang namin ang nasa stock kasi sayang. Sinusulit na lang namin ang puwedeng kitain habang 'di pa nagsasara sa turista,' a restaurant owner says on the eve of Boracay's 6-month shutdown
There are complaints that the transportation allowance granted by the DSWD is not enough, especially to those travelling to places far from Boracay
As the Boracay example illustrates, policymaking without planning makes for needless chaos, confusion, and destruction
The labor department says it can only hire 5,000 of the 17,000 workers to be affected by the closure
(UPDATED) 'It would be best to assess who among those who will be displaced can be hired as workers to carry out the rehabilitation plan,' Senator Loren Legarda suggests
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The Office of the President is considering two options: 'total' closure of Boracay or closure done in phases
Boracay's White Beach is also ranked second best in Asia in TripAdvisor's 2018 Traveler's Choice Awards
DILG Officer-in-charge Eduardo Año says the declaration will 'hasten' the island's recovery from intense commercialization