Boracay may open in less than 6 months – DENR chief

MANILA, Philippines – Exactly a month after the island was closed to tourists, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Saturday, May 26, that top tourist destination Boracay may open in less than 6 months. Referring to the erring establishments, Cimatu said, "We are almost sure na wala nang iba. (We ........»»

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Boracay may open in less than 6 months – DENR chief

MANILA, Philippines – Exactly a month after the island was closed to tourists, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Saturday, May 26, that top tourist destination Boracay may open in less than 6 months. Referring to the erring establishments, Cimatu said, "We are almost sure na wala nang iba. (We ........»»

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DENR chief wants to keep Boracay open - Business Mirror

DENR chief wants to keep Boracay open - Business Mirror.....»»

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Business wins, &'145;clobbered' DENR chief says after ouster

IN LESS THAN 10 months, Regina “Gina” Paz L. Lopez ordered the closure of more than half the mines in the Philippines, cancelled dozens of contracts for future projects and banned open-pit mining......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2017

Boracay Island now open

AKLAN, Philippines – World-famous tourist hotspot Boracay is now open to the public, exactly 6 months after it was ordered closed by President Rodrigo Duterte. After months-long rehabilitation efforts, Boracay's powdery white shores are spotless, without a tinge of green algae creeping on its coasts. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Somber Boracay gears up for October 26 reopening

AKLAN, Philippines – Top tourist hotspot Boracay Island is ready to receive tourists once again, 6 months after being closed to the public. The island will "officially" open its shores on Friday, October 26, but many businesses are not expecting that much visitors after its months-long hiatus. Many establishments will also ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Boracay’s Pristine Beauty 80% Restored: DENR

Four days before the reopening of Boracay Island, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday said 80 percent of the pristine beauty of the famous tourist destination has been restored after six months of rehabilitation. “Although, we can say that we’re not yet 100 percent complete, but we’re going to that direction. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

Megan Rapinoe sees disparity as World Cup approaches

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press FRISCO, Texas (AP) — With the Women's World Cup less than eight months away, U.S. national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe is dismayed by what she sees as ongoing issues of inequality in soccer. From uncertainty about the use of video review and the amount of prize money, to scheduling other tournament finals on the same day as the championship game, equity issues are getting more attention as the World Cup looms. From Rapinoe's standpoint, that's symptomatic of the short shrift paid to the women's game by FIFA, soccer's governing body. "And that's not to say they (FIFA) don't do anything. They obviously do things for the women's game. But in the way that they truly care about the men's game, they don't truly care about the women's game," she said. The United States qualified for the World Cup on Sunday night with a victory over Jamaica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF women's championship tournament. The top three finishers earn spots in the World Cup, so the U.S. and Canada secured berths with semifinal victories. The two teams will play each other in the championship match Wednesday night. Rapinoe has always been one of the most vocal players on the team. She was among a chorus of voices that criticized FIFA in the run-up to the 2015 World Cup in Canada because the tournament was played on artificial turf, which was considered a slight to the women. So it's understandable the 33-year-old national team vet would call out FIFA for more recent issues. FIFA has been criticized for scheduling the Women's World Cup final on the same day as the men's Copa America final and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. There have been calls for FIFA to use VAR, or Video Assistant Referees, at the tournament in France. VAR was used at the men's World Cup for the first time in Russia. Prize money has been an issue since 2015, when the U.S. women's team received $2 million for winning the World Cup, out of a pool of $15 million. By comparison, the prize pool for the men's World Cup in Russia was $400 million. FIFA's Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman responded to some of the criticism last week when the organization released its first-ever global strategy for women's soccer. The wide-ranging policy seeks to grow the women's game overall — and one aim is to get more women involved in the decision-making processes at all levels. "We have to keep pushing," Bareman said. "Because it's proven that having more women in these decision-making bodies creates a more diverse decision-making process, and also a more robust and I would say — how do I put this diplomatically — a more honest and integral process as well." The strategy shows that FIFA is committed to the women's game, she said. As for VAR, a decision has not been announced. FIFA did not announce its intention to use VAR for the men's World Cup until just a few months before the tournament. Bareman also confirmed that World Cup prize money would be increased but did not reveal a figure. An announcement is expected later this month at the FIFA Council meeting in Rwanda. She said the prize structure would include "new elements that haven't existed before in the women's game" including money to help qualified teams prepare. Sports Illustrated reported last week that the prize pool would be doubled, to $30 million. Rapinoe wanted to know what metric was used in determining the amount — especially in light of the disparity with the men's. "I mean, I think that they're probably looking for pats on the back for the increase. They're not getting any from here. I mean, until they're really going to take meaningful steps to truly show that they're caring about the women's game in a sort of deeper way, I don't know. $15 million is nothing to them. ... If they wanted to just sort of arbitrarily do it, they could increase it by $100 million," she said. Rapinoe is not alone. Alex Morgan and Becky Sauerbrunn have also publicly addressed some of the controversies. Coach Jill Ellis first called for VAR at the Women's World Cup when she visited Russia for the men's tournament, and during qualifying she has questioned the scheduling decisions. The U.S. team is uniquely positioned to speak to contentious issues. The players fought for and received an improved collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer in 2017 that brings player compensation more in line with the men's team. And as the No. 1 team in the world, the players' voices carry weight. "I think they themselves are an incredible mouthpiece for our game, for the women's game. Not just because of their popularity, but also their investment. This is a group that wants the game to grow," Ellis said. "So I think them speaking their minds, honestly, and being open about how they feel about issues — as in bonuses for winning, dates of competition, VAR, all those things that you want to be on the same level and same platform as the men's game. And that's the expectation, and anything less that that is not acceptable.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

What to expect when Boracay reopens on October 26

MANILA, Philippines – World-famous Boracay Island will be open to tourists once again on October 26, after being closed for 6 months due to rehabilitation work. President Rodrigo Duterte verbally ordered the island's closure, saying Boracay has become a "cesspool." (READ:  INSIDE STORY: How Duterte decided on Boracay closure ) Before its formal opening, a dry run for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

All eyes on Bachelet for first speech as UN rights chief

GENEVA: New UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet will give a widely anticipated speech Monday, with many eager for clues to how she will address rights crises around the world. The former Chilean president will open the UN Human Rights Council’s September session as the body continues to reel from Washington’s decision three months ago to [...] The post All eyes on Bachelet for first speech as UN rights chief appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

How DOT chief Bernadette Puyat offered Lourd de Veyra a Boracay consultation job

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has responded to broadcaster-musician Lourd de Veyra’s open letter and has even offered him a role in the DOT consultative council for Boracay’s reopening. “Given your sterling credentials in that area, I’m inviting you to be part of the Department of Tourism’s consultative council for Boracay and its reopening,” […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

LOOK: Boracay to open with war zone-like roads?

MANILA, Philippines – With only two months before the anticipated reopening of Boracay , residents questioned the government's confidence that road repairs will be finished on time.  Photos taken between August 10 to 20 showed various roads still in need of work, with no construction activities happening. “Sinasabi nila [government] sisikapin ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

DPWH chief checks Boracay road rehab

SECRETARY Mark A. Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), along with Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and DPWH-6 officials inspected the ongoing rehabilitation along Boracay Circumferential Road and other major roads in the island last July 27, 2018. Villar conducted an ocular inspection on […] The post DPWH chief checks Boracay road rehab appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

DENR suspends all ECCs in Boracay

Three months prior to the reopening of the world-famous Boracay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has suspended the environmental compliance certificates of all business establishments on the island pending the review of compliance with environmental laws. Source link link: DENR suspends all ECCs in Boracay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

DENR chief to open pit miners: Shift methods or face shutdown

Open pit mining companies are in danger of being shut down unless they shift to acceptable alternative methods by the end of the year, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

DENR halts forestland works in Boracay Island

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued stoppage orders to forestland works of two developers in Boracay Island which is currently undergoing 6 months of rehabilitation works. DENR-6 regional director Jim Sampulna said they conducted an investigation on May 16, 2018, after receiving reports on the alleged leveling or flattening of the mountain […] The post DENR halts forestland works in Boracay Island appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Boracay shutdown starts today

STARTING at 12:01 a.m. today, the world-renowned Boracay Island is officially closed to tourists and businesses, with security officials assuring that all preparations are in place to protect the area, and workers tasked to do repair and rehabilitation for the next six months. Police Regional Office 6 director Chief Supt.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Boracay IDs not for sale, says village chief

BORACAY ISLAND, AKLAN -- A village official belied reports on Sunday that barangay officials here were demanding money from business owners in exchange for identification cards for their employees. Barangay Captain Lilibeth Sacapano urged those with knowledge of the alleged extortion activities to name names so as not to implicate all officials in the three villages on the island. "It's so easy to get a barangay ID for workers who have been on the island for six months. Why don't they go to our barangay halls so they can [see] for themselves instead of spreading these false stories?" she told the Inquirer. READ: Lacson bares scam in Boracay ID scheme Sacapano said workers onl...Keep on reading: Boracay IDs not for sale, says village chief.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Boracay closure is the wrong direction, says ex-DOT chief

A FORMER secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT) opined that the government took the wrong direction in closing down Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan for six months. Narzalina Lim, an Ilongga who served as tourism secretary under the late president Cory Aquino, said the closure is a drastic measure that will have ripple effects […] The post Boracay closure is the wrong direction, says ex-DOT chief appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

After Boracay rehab, another Miss Universe hosting stint?

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said they are open to the idea of hosting the Miss Universe pageant in 2019 once the rehabilitation of Boracay Island is complete. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the island for 6 months , poiting out the many violations on environmental policies that made the island as "cesspool." ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

140-strong standby force deployed to Boracay

AKLAN, Philippines – A contingent from the Police Regional Office in Western Visayas was deployed to Boracay Island on Friday, April 6, after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the closure  of the world-famous tourist destination for 6 months. Chief Superintendent Carlito Feliciano, deputy regional director for administration, said the 140-strong standby ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018