ILOILO CITY—Coast Guard authorities have tightened safety measures in Caticlan, the jump-off point to the island-resort of Boracay amid the expected influx of vacationists bound for the country’s top tourist attraction known worldwide for its powdery white sand beaches.
Lt. Edison Diaz, commander of the Coast Guard station in Caticlan, said passengers of motorboats going to and from Boracay would be strictly required to fill up the passenger manifest before departure. They must also wear life jackets for the 15 to 20-minute trip between the Caticlan and Cagban jetty ports.
“These are existing guidelines that we are strictly implementing based on directives from our headquarters,” Diaz told the Inquirer.
Tourism and local officials expect tourist arrivals in Boracay to reach 1.5 million this year.
Last year, tourist arrivals grew by 7.97 percent (108,753) from 1,363,599 in 2013 to 1,472,352, according to the Department of Tourism in Western Visayas.
Tourism revenues also reached a new record high of P40,705,013,547, 62.38 percent higher than the P25,067,585,857 recorded in 2013.



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