Definition of Boracay coastal businesses up to Congress — Duterte

Published June 22, 2018, 1:03 PM

by AJ Siytangco

 

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — While pushing for land reform program in Boracay Island, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed that it is up to Congress to legislate the operations of businesses along its coastal areas.

“Yung negosyo dyan sa coastal, I leave it to Congress to craft a law. Maybe taking it away from the agricultural or forestal characteristics,” Duterte said while in Cabatuan town, Iloilo province Wednesday for distribution of land ownership to farmer-beneficiaries.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with one of the agrarian reform beneficiaries as he leads the the distribution of 3,772 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) in the Western Visayas region in a ceremony at the Cabatuan Covered Gym in the Municipality of Cabatuan, Iloilo on June 20, 2018. (ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with one of the agrarian reform beneficiaries as he leads the distribution of 3,772 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) in the Western Visayas region in a ceremony at the Cabatuan Covered Gym in the Municipality of Cabatuan, Iloilo on June 20, 2018. (ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

As the resort island is going through a six-month rehabilitation, President Duterte also mentioned that it is also up to Congress to specifically state that all business establishments must be located in inland area or at least a kilometer from the shoreline.

But the President emphasized that the rest of the 1,006-hectares island will be put under land reform while vowing to give it back to original land owners.

“After cleaning Boracay, I will return it to the legitimate owner. Kung sino (ang) may papeles at pangalan diyan,” President Duterte said.

“Remember, Boracay, the whole island, is forestal agriculture. It was never meant to be commercial and residential,” he added.

The President also shrugged off criticism that the country’s most popular beach destination is not suitable for farming.

“Wala akong pakialam diyan It’s the problem of the Department of Agriculture. It is not mine. If it is an arable land, fine. If it is not, then it is up to [Secretary Manny] Piñol. He’s an Ilonggo,” Duterte pointed out.

Meanwhile, the President and Secretary John Castriciones of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed 3,772 land titles to farmer beneficiaries from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces.

 
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