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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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Guv: Boracay terminal fee
to be used for islandís rehab


BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan - The P100 terminal fee being charged on each tourist to and from Boracay will be used for the six-month rehabilitation of the resort island.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores said yesterday that the terminal fee collection is the contribution of the province for the clean-up and revival of the island.

“We are doing this for the improvement of Boracay. We are supporting the program of President Rodrigo Duterte to rehabilitate Boracay," he added.

The collected terminal fees were being used for the maintenance of the Caticlan Jetty Port.

The fund also augments the funding of the province for its health services for indigents.

Aside from the terminal fee, the environmental fee collection of the Malay local government worth P75 for each tourist will also be used to fund the island’s rehabilitation.

The Malay local government would also augment the calamity fund once the Department of Interior and Local Government has placed Boracay under a state of calamity.

The rehabilitation phase starts March until August of this year.

In 2017, around 2.1 million foreign and local tourists visited Boracay.

The island generated over P56 billion in tourism receipts last year, based on the figures announced during the recent Senate hearing held here.

Meanwhile, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the newly-promoted directors and other officials of the Department to check for violations of environmental and other laws in their respective areas to prevent a Boracay-like crisis from happening.

Speaking during the first-ever mass oath-taking held at the DILG Central Office yesterday, Año said the current problem in Boracay is just a symptom but the real sickness is the implementation of the law.

“I urge you to help us rectify and solve the problem in Boracay by making a chain of actions in your areas, so that other parts of the country will not suffer the same fate," Año said.

He enjoined the officials to understand and learn from the Boracay problem and how they can avoid similar situations in their places of assignment.

Año said LGUs should not wait for an environmental crisis to happen in other tourist spots, like El Nido, Coron, Siargao, and Camiguin.

“As DILG field officials, you can prevent a similar crisis from happening. You should be vigilant," he said.*PNA


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