DENR: Less than 10 percent of Boracay companies have complied with requirements

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — With four weeks to go before Boracay reopens, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said only 180 of 2300 establishments there have complied with the requirements they set.

"Based on the latest figure, we have already a total of 180 compliant establishments but this includes only compliance on environment and land requirement," DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones said during the Senate budget deliberations on their department Wednesday.

Leones then added they will talk to the Department of Tourism and Department of Interior and Local Government to finalize the list.

LOOK: List of compliant and accredited establishments in Boracay

Senator Cynthia Villar said this did not meet the 30 percent target the DENR previously set.

"Wala pang 10 percent ito," Villar said. "'Yung 180 ay 7.8 percent lang ng 2,300. Ang sinabi niyo noon 30 (percent), naliliitan pa nga kami sa 30 percent tapos as of today 180."

[Translation: This does not even reach 10 percent. The 180 is just 7.8 percent of 2,300. And you previously said 30, and even then we found that percentage small. And now, it's just 180.]

Villar reiterated they only have until October 26, or 44 days, before the island reopens.

But DENR Chief Roy Cimatu said they hope to have more establishments compliant with their requirements by their dry run, scheduled on October 15.

"We'll be having a dry run, we'll be opening some initial figures for hotels, for restaurants, and all establishments for the tourism industry," Cimatu said.

Usec. Leones added 2,000 of the 2,300 have already submitted the environment compliance requirements, but their representatives are still evaluating it.

"Our team there on the ground is very confident they can finish the evaluation of the 2,000 application," Leones explained.

The DENR is proposing a budget of ₱24.17 billion for 2019. Of this, 38 percent will go to maintenance & operating expenses, 27 percent for capital outlay, and 35 percent for personnel services.