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DILG probes use of collected Boracay environmental fees

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018


Boracay Island

MANILA, Philippines — After the Building Code of the Philippines and the Fire Code of the Philippines found out about the environmental law violations of business establishments in Boracay Island, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now investigating how environmental fees collected from local and foreign tourists who entered the island were used by the local government of Malay.

Authorities uncovered the 10-year collection made by the Malay LGU from 2008 to 2018.

The Malay government charges tourists who enter Borcacay P75 each.

Based on the figures of the Department of Tourism (DOT), 2-million tourists visited Boracay last year.

The number is higher than the 16 percent recorded in 2016.

The investigation of the DILG revealed that a local ordinance issued by the Malay LGU mandates the environmental fee collected in Boracay be transferred to the province’s general funds.

This means that aside from maintaining the orderliness of the island and protecting its environment, the LGU may use the amount for any program or activity it may conduct or implement.

The DILG may file charges against the officials of the city once they are proven to have committed anomaly in the use of the said environmental fee.

“If there are people who are liable officials local or even national [they] should be identified and cases [should] be filed against them,” said DILG-6 regional director Atty. Anthony Nuyda.

On the other hand, the local government of Malay said that it is open to any investigation regarding its use of the said fund.

“We have not been hiding anything since we have no problem with COA,” Malay LGU executive assistant Rowen Aguirre said. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Temporary Boracay closure worries business groups

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Boracay at sunset

MANILA, Philippines — Marilyn Benito has been working as a massage therapist on the island of Boracay for more than 20 years now.

She earns P1,500 a day from doing massage.

It is where she gets her family’s daily expenses since her husband stopped working after falling ill.

Marilyn is worried about her family’s survival once the government pushes through with its plan to temporarily shut down the island.

“We are waiting to know what would happen to our jobs, to our daily source of income,” said Benito.

She is just one of the more than 300 members of the Malay Boracay Vendors, Peddlers, Masseurs, Manicurist Association (MABOVEN), a group of women who might experience the impact of the planned closure of Boracay.

The Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI) has also expressed worry over the result of the meeting of the president’s Cabinet members regarding the issue involving the Boracay Island.

The BFI president Nenette Graf said they do not know what to do since they are the ones who will experience the direct impact of the closure.

She said they did not anticipate the rehabilitation of Boracay would end up with the island’s closure.

“Wag ho naming kaming iclose lalo naman ung mga sumunod talaga sa lahat ng patakardoan. Wala po kaming preparasyon na ganun kahaba,” said Graf.

(Don’t close us down especially since we really follow regulations. We have not prepared for it.)

They appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte not to close down the island, and that they will help with its rehabilitation.

An estimated of 130 hotels and resort assocations will be affected by the planned closure, aside from the thousands of workers who might lose their jobs. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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DILG reminds public of gun ban, prohibited activities during May local polls

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Confiscated guns were piled up on the table.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now cooperating with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in implementing gun ban and other prohibited activities during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May.

The gun ban will coincide with the election period which runs from April 14 to May 21, 2018.

The DILG reminds the public that betting on election results, collection of funds through dance competitions, gambling, and cockfights are prohibited. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Malay gov’t begins demolition of illegal structures in Boracay

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Personnel of the Malay local government dismantling illegal structures along the shorelines of Puka Beach in Barangay

MANILA, Philippines — Personnel of the Malay local government has begun the dismantling of illegal structures along the shorelines of Puka Beach in Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island.

More than 30 structures made of light materials have been dismantled by the demolition team.

“Kasama ito sa ating 6-month action plan — yung paglilinis ng mga baybayin natin,” said Malay LGU executive assistant Rowen Aguirre.

(This is part of our 6-month action plan —the clean-up of the Boracay shorelines.)

Some establishment owners voluntarily removed their stalls.

“What I did was to not refuse. I dismantled it myself when I learned of the planned demolition,” said Daniel Castillo Jr.

Following the demolition, several stall owners called on the Malay government to set up areas where they can continue their livelihood.

After the Puka Beach, the Malay LGU will demolish next the illegal structures in Ilig-Iligan beach and the beach front where stations one, two, and three are located.

Meanwhile, the local government has mixed feelings on the plan to place Boracay under a state of calamity.

“It’s not good because of course people will misconstrue. But on the other hand, if the intention is to hasten the release of funds, then its better,” said the Malay official.

Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources chairperson Senator Cynthia Villar allayed the concerns of stakeholders in Boracay in case the President pushes through with declaring a state of calamity.

“Parang more power lang kasi if they go through the process, mabagal. Mapapabilis lang,” said Villar.

(It’s like adding more power because if they go through the process, it’s slow. It is just to hasten the process.)

The committee chair is leading the investigation on the alleged violation of environmental laws by several establishments in Boracay.

The LGU, meantime, vows to cooperate with the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte. — Maris Federez | UNTV News & Rescue


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