REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

Kagawaran ng Turismo

         

PST: September/24/2018 

LOCAL NEWS

 

BORACAY, AKLAN - As the old adage goes, 'no man is an island, no man stands alone'. Same goes for the government agencies, public and private stakeholders concerned with the impending rehabilitation of Boracay Island.

"No man can be an island as far as Boracay is concerned. Looking forward, only together can we do this. We encountered challenges before like the high levels of coliform bacteria and we have overcome it together," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in Filipino during the Department of Tourism's (DOT) Save Boracay Working Conference at Savoy Hotel Boracay Newcoast.

Different national government agencies and local government units settled their differences and laid down the groundwork for the Boracay upgrading scheduled to start on April 26.

DOT's Western Visayas Regional Director Helen Catalbas, later joined by Undersecretary Katherine De Castro, Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre, and officials of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), regional offices of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the municipality of Malay, presented their respective action plans for the island.

Tourism Undersecretary De Castro welcomed the positive response of the dialogue moderated by Atty. Rod Nepomuceno.

"We appreciate the ideas and the suggestions of all the stakeholders. The attendance just shows the support of everyone who came here to #SaveBoracay," De Castro said.

Action Officer Rowen Aguirre from the Office of Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling explained the LGU Malay Boracay Island Rehabilitation Action Plan while the Boracay Security Plan General Guidelines and Inter-agency Security Preparation was presented by the PNP and the DILG, respectively.

TIEZA, DOT's implementing arm for infrastructure, showcased the agency's ongoing projects including the implementation of the temporary discharge pipeline in Bulabog as additional works, solicitation of support from the water utilities and commitments from private sectors for the "New Boracay".

Boracay stakeholders signed a Manifesto with TIEZA in support of the plan of action to address the drainage, water and wastewater issues while volunteering their employees as additional manpower and their resources to the rehabilitation of the island, including declogging and backfilling of the drainage and problematic outfalls.

"We are looking forward to the next season. We are fully supporting the project of TIEZA, on the completion of our entire drainage system and the cleaning up," said Nenette Aguirre-Graf, president of the business group Boracay Foundation Inc.

Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Province of Aklan, Boracay Island Water Company, Inc. (BIWC), Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) also joined the dialogue to listen to the sentiments of the locals and stakeholders.

National tourism and travel operators and associations, local stakeholders including Boracay Foundation Inc., Boracay Action Group, Boracay Water Sports Association, Mabuhay Host, Malay Tour Guides Association, Boracay Lifeguard Association, Caticlan Boracay Transport Multi-purpose Cooperative, representatives from churches, the indigenous community, academe, resorts and accommodation voiced out their sentiments and offered support to the government initiative.

"Everyone is grateful for this opportunity...We don't want [to point] any fingers here. We have to move forward. And to move forward, we need unity," Elena Tosca Brugger, corporate secretary of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Boracay (PCCI Boracay).

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the closure of Boracay starting April 26, following the recommendation of the Task Force Save Boracay composed of the DOT, DENR, and DILG.

"I'm here also as a stakeholder to support all the initiatives of the inter-agency...we can clean Boracay and we can continue to be proud of Boracay as the most beautiful island in this planet," shared Spokesperson Roque.


Sec. Wanda Teo

Atty. Rod Nepomuceno moderated the DOT's #SaveBoracay Working Conference at Savoy Hotel Boracay Newcoast

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

Over 150 stakeholders from members of the church organizations, indigenous community, business sector, national travel agency associations, and members of the media joined the dialogue to #SaveBoracay

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

All aboard. L-R DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, DOT Undersecretary Kat De Castro, DOT Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre, and DOT 6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas solicit support and full cooperation from all stakeholders

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

TIEZA Works. Assistant Chief Operating Officer Engr. Nestor Domalanta explains the agency's drainage and sewage projects for the island

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

TIEZA Works. Implementation of the temporary discharge pipeline in Bulabog as additional works

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the closure of Boracay starting April 26, following the recommendation of the Task Force Save Boracay composed of the DOT, DENR, and DILG

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

'I love Boracay' was the over-all sentiment of the participants of the #SaveBoracay Working Conference

 

 


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