BORACAY – The business stakeholders in the island were urged to support the Inter-agency Task Force’s rehabilitation initiatives.
Malay acting mayor Abram Sualog call on the business sector during the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry assembly on March 22.
Sualog emphasized the Boracay Inter-agency Rehabilitation Management Group’s preservation efforts to protect the vulnerable environment due to swarming of tourist arrivals during the peak season in the world-famous island.
“Pasalamat tayo dahil nandito ang Department of Environment and Natural Rescources, Department of Tourism and Department of Interior and Local Government na tumutulong sa rehabilitasyon sa loob pa ng dalawang taon,” Sualog said.
Sualog noted the implementation of Project BESST, or the Boracay Enhanced Security Strategy and Tactics that establishes disciplined zones in Boracay Island.
As of March 21, around 530 violators were sanctioned with P662,500 fine for violating the municipal regulatory ordinances.
“Ang hinihiling ko lang mag-cooperate tayong lahat at hindi maging pasaway. Nakasalalay sa ating lahat ang tagumpay nitong Project BESST,” Sualog said.
Last March 19, the task force demolished portions of a private resort in the main beach violating the 30-meter easement and the 12-meter beach easement.
Other establishments also removed their structures after the task force issued a 15-day ultimatum to self-demolish.
“Sana mag voluntary at self-demolish na rin ang mga natitirang violators at huwag na hintayin ang gobyerno dahil marami pa tayong aayusin sa isla,” Sualog said./PN