Two five-star hotels in Boracay said they would assist employees and clients who will be affected by the government's plan to close the island for 6 months. "We expect the situation to improve on the other side of the six-month closure in the long run", Jung said. "Boracay is a cesspool". Over 2 million tourists visited the hotspot previous year.
The decision has prompted concern for the thousands of people employed in Boracay's busy tourist trade.
Airlines and businesses were baffled by the decision to halt tourism to Boracay, one of the chain of islands known as the Visayas, which was visited by two million tourists previous year and brought in revenue of more than $1 billion.
Those who want to open their own business will receive opportunities, loans, and trainings, the DTI chief said.
"Though the move was expected amid growing speculation over the last few months, many South Koreans living here are feeling the heat", Jung said.
Some 195 businesses in Boracay were found to be discharging untreated waste water into the sea, resulting in increased concentration of human faeces along the beaches and posing health risks to swimmers.
The battalion of extra officers trained on civil disturbance management from Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City augmented Boracay Island security forces following reports of possible protest rallies after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the shutdown of the prime tourist destination to tourists starting April 26. "There will be a time that no more foreigners will go there".