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Mother of all violators: Drilon wants Boracay’s West Cove resort demolished

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Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon on Wednesday pressed for the continuation of the demolition of what he called the “mother of all the violators in Boracay.”

He was referring to the controversial West Cove resort as he raised the need to show government’s seriousness in reforming Boracay.

“Boracay contributes so much in the development of our country particularly in the field of tourism and yet, there is not one single body in-charge of Boracay,” Drilon said.

“What we would suggest is a strong administrator which can manage a place like this,” he said in an interview after the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources’ hearing on the degradation of Boracay.

Drilon added, “It cannot be left to where it is today. All that we have now are ad-hoc solutions.”

“We need a master plan and a master plan to be implemented by a single authority,” he said.

Drilon is the author of Senate Bill 1765 or “An Act Creating the Boracay Island Council.”

The bill provides for the creation of the Boracay Island Council (BIC) composed of representatives of government agencies, local government units and the private sector which “shall take over the management, development, regulation, protection and maintenance of the island, including its coastal resources and marine biodiversity.

The committee chair Senator Cynthia Villar agreed with Drilon on the need to establish a single body to oversee Boracay.

Drilon noted that even Aklan Florencio Governor Miraflores has fully endorsed the idea, even if it will mean the reduction of the powers of the local government units.

“We need a governing authority with stronger powers and can coordinate and has the final say on all these developments that will be implemented in Boracay,” Drilon said.

He added: “We are studying as a model the Subic Bay Management Authority. It must be manned by career and professional people so it could not be a political patronage.”