Alternatibo! DSWD explores non-tourism livelihood in Boracay

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Western Visayas is exploring non-tourism livelihood for residents in newly reopened Boracay Island.

DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program regional project officer Mary Ann Masculino said they do not want a repeat of what happened when Boracay was closed.

Among the possible alternative means of livelihood are basket making, salt making and urban gardening.

Masculino cited the plight of “hilot” or masseuses who lost their livelihood when Boracay was shut down last April for environmental rehabilitation (

Earlier, the DSWD released P158.9 million for 10,596 beneficiaries who received P15,000 each for the SLP’s first phase.

For the second phase, the DSWD had conducted meetings with representatives of other agencies including the:
– Department of Agriculture
– Department of Environment and Natural Resources
– Department of Trade and Industry
– Department of Tourism
– National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
– National Commission for Culture and the Arts

Masculino said 45 families of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization will be the primary beneficiaries of the phase II.