The issuance of alien employment permits (AEP) to foreign nationals in Boracay Island was temporarily suspended by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III mentioned in his Labor Advisory No. 11, series of 2018, the temporary suspension covers foreign nationals who intend to engage in gainful employment in the island of Boracay and those with valid AEP who intend to renew their employment permits. However, foreign nationals who are either commissioned or authorized by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force are exempted from the temporary suspension, he clarified. Specifically, this includes foreign nationals who come to Boracay to conduct research studies or undertake work related to the island’s rehabilitation.