Haresco mulls creation of Boracay Island Council

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Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. is seeking the passage of a bill creating a policy-making body that will oversee the management and development of Boracay Island.

Haresco filed House Bill No. (HBN) 4175 that proposes to regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of utilities, activities and infrastructure in the world-famous island resort.

“Boracay indeed is reforming and with the continuous rehabilitation, lasting changes must be implemented. The Boracay Island Council will take over the management, development, regulation, protection and maintenance of the island,” the politiko said.

Under the bill, the Boracay Island Council, which shall be under the supervision and control of the Office of the President, will be composed of secretaries of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice, Department of Tourism and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Other council members are the administrator of the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, director of the Land Management Bureau, administrator of Land Registration Authority, and chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples as well as representatives of the province of Aklan, local community organizations and the private sector.

HBN 4175 mandates the council to formulate short-term and long-term strategies for sustainable development, environment protection, social development and infrastructure development and to formulate and implement innovative management techniques and strategies, conduct public consultations and raise public awareness on the protection, development and optimum utilization of coastal, marine and fisheries resources.

The council is also directed to order the closure or suspension of any development or construction, file criminal charges against violators and issue cease and desist order for any act or omission that violates the proposed law.