Gov’t agencies lay down groundwork for Boracay upgrading

  • Government agencies and local government units have laid down the groundwork for the Boracay upgrading
  • Boracay upgrading will start on April 26
  • Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was present during the Save Boracay Working Conference

Government agencies and local government units have settled their differences and laid down the groundwork for Boracay upgrading, which is scheduled to begin on April 26.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who was present during the Save Boracay Working Conference, expressed confidence that collective efforts can make a difference.

“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,” he said during the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Save Boracay Working Conference at Savoy Hotel Boracay Newcoast.

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.

De Castro welcomed the positive response of the dialogue.

“We appreciate the ideas and the suggestions of all the stakeholders. The attendance just shows the support of everyone who came here to #SaveBoracay,” she expressed.

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

Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Land Transportation Office, Province of Aklan, Boracay Island Water Company, Inc., Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas also joined the dialogue.

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.