Guimaras to curb waste problems


Not wanting to be closed for environmental rehabilitation, Guimaras’ provincial government is doing its best to avoid becoming “the next Boracay.”

The provincial government cited the expected entry of more tourists and foreign investors as incentives for avoiding temporary closure.

Governor Samuel Gumarin said that with tourists and investors coming in, they are preparing for possible consequences (

“The Province of Guimaras was also given the platform to promote the island as a haven for investment. Based on the series of business meetings with the New York firms, University of the Philippines Association, Filipino communities, we eye to project foreign direct investments for high value crops, eco-tourism, medium enterprises, utilities and Business Processing Outsourcing,” Gumarin said.

Tourist arrivals during the weeklong celebration of the Manggahan Festival went up from 68,550 in 2017 to 90,492 in 2018.

With Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business Act and the expansion of the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, the province is working on the Unified Licensing System in issuing business permits for tourism establishments.

Meanwhile, Guimaras Vice Governor John Edward Gando assured they will have a list of operating business establishments to closely monitor compliance with policies issued by the Department on Environment and Natural Resources and the provincial government.