Businessmen support creation of Boracay Island development authority

Published November 11, 2020, 1:07 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—Two business groups support the creation of a governing body that will oversee the management of Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.

A couple walks along the white sand beach of world-famous Boracay Island when it reopened to domestic tourists last October. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)
A couple walks along the white sand beach of world-famous Boracay Island when it reopened to domestic tourists last October. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

The Boracay Foundation Inc. (BFI) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI-Boracay Chapter) have expressed support for the proposed Boracay Island Development Authority (BIDA).

“We look forward that BIDA will provide not just sustainable development for the island, but also better living conditions and opportunities to its people,” said BFI in a statement signed by its Chairman Dionisio Salme.

“We support the passage of a bill that ensures sustainable economic and ecological future through tourism for Boracay Island,” echoed PCCI-Boracay Chapter in a separate statement.

With several versions of the bill, the House Committee on Government

Enterprises and Privatization, and Committee on Local Government approved in principle the creation of  BIDA during a virtual hearing held Wednesday, November 11.

The committee agreed to revise the bills that included the version of Aklan first district Rep. Carlito Marquez.

There was another version filed by Reps. Paolo Duterte of Davao City, Eric Yap of ACT-CIS party-list and Sandro Gonzalez of Marino partly-list. 

Mayor Frolibar Bautista said the approval of the BIDA bill in the Lower House’s committee level was a welcome development, but the proposal could need some revision.

“It should not forget the role of the local government of Malay,” Bautista told The Manila Bulletin in a phone interview Wednesday.

 
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