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Recto pushes for live-streaming of Boracay and Marawi rehab

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Senator Ralph Recto

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto called on the government to live stream the Boracay environmental clean-up drive and the Marawi rehabilitation efforts.

He said the proposal is to promote transparency in these two big-budget government projects ensuring that the budget, time and the specifications are followed.

Under the Project DIME, or Digital Imaging for Monitoring and Evaluation, drones, satellites and other technologies will monitor the development of these projects. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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DAR to validate ‘productive’ land areas in Boracay

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

FILE: PHOTO Boracay Island beach from afar

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on April 24 and 25 will conduct validation of land in Boracay Island to identify areas that can still be considered productive.

The move is in line with the directive from President Rodrigo Duterte to place Boracay under land reform.

In a press conference Friday at DAR head office,  DAR Undersecretary David Erro said about 600 hectares of agricultural land in Boracay are feasible for distribution based on the agency’s record.

However,Erro said only around four hectares remain and can be considered productive. The inspection, Erro said, would help them revalidate the accuracy of their record and eventually identify possible beneficiaries.

Aside from the agricultural land, DAR’s records also identified over 300 hectares of forest land in the island which could also provide employment for farmers under community based forest management agreement with DENR.

According to Usec. Erro, DAR considers all land titles in Boracay invalid based on Proclamation 1064 issued under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The proclamation, which was supported by the Supreme Court in 2008 through G.R. 167702, upholds government ownership over Boracay Island.

DAR added that once validation is complete, the process of distributing land to recognized beneficiaries will take up to six months. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Fishing allowed in Boracay amid temporary shutdown

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Tourist enjoying the Boracay Beach

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has released the updated general guidelines for the six-month rehabilitation program of Boracay Island.

One of the revisions include the swimming guidelines.

In the initial guidelines, Angol Beach in Station 3 is identified as the sole swimming area in the island.

But with the new policy, the swimming area was moved to Station 1.

To identify the open area for swimming, buoys will be placed.

Another change in the guidelines is the provision on floating structures. From the original 15 kilometers, floating structures are only allowed to be set within three kilometers from the shoreline.

Also included in the new guidelines is the fishing policy.

According to the DILG update, fishing is allowed anywhere in the island despite the closure.

However, the coast guard said fishermen should have identification cards.

“Pwede mangisda as long as na taga-Boracay sila (Fishing is allowed as long as they are residents of Boracay). Ang gobyerno hindi naman pahirapan ang tao sa Boracay (The government will not let the people of Boracay suffer),” said  Lt. Commander Ramil Palabrica, chief of the PCG-Caticlan station.  UNTV News & Rescue

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Over 4,000 jobs offered at jobs fair in Boracay for affected workers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

One Boracay Save Boracay group organized a job fair for Boracay displaced workers.

Workers who are affected by the Boracay’s temporary shutdown still have a chance to work outside the island.

This is through a jobs fair that was organized by the One Boracay Save Boracay group composed of private individuals and marketing experts in the tourism industry.

Various jobs were offered at the fair, majority of which were tourism related.

These include positions for resort engineers, room attendants, beach cleaners, sales executives and kitchen stewards in Bacolod, Iloilo, Makati, Palawan, Bohol and Cebu.

“Instead of just sitting around and doing nothing we decided to help in whatever we can para maibsan man lang yung magiging kalagayan ng mga tao rito (to alleviate the situation of affected residents) for how many months that it will be closed,” said Jose Clemente III, president of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines. — UNTV News & Rescue

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