Aklan execs oppose creation of Boracay Island Dev’t Authority

ILOILO CITY –– Aklan officers are opposing the most recent model of a invoice that seeks to create a physique that may govern Boracay Island as a substitute of being beneath the only real jurisdiction of native authorities models.

Officers led by Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores and Representatives Teoderico Haresco Jr. and Carlito Marquez mentioned the consolidated payments now pending on the Home committee on authorities enterprises and privatization would create a company physique that will “divest” powers from native governments mandated by the Native Authorities Code.

Marquez, in a letter dated Feb. 2 to Parañaque Metropolis Rep. Eric Olivarez, committee chair, raised issues over provisions of the invoice that he mentioned must be “revisited.”

These embrace granting BIDA the facility to challenge enterprise licenses and constructing permits and limiting native taxation to the gathering of actual property taxes.

The consolidated invoice, which integrates at the very least 10 separate associated payments, additionally offers that the island authority will prevail when in battle with the native authorities over issues affecting Boracay Island.

The BIDA will likely be administered by an 11-member board, with the chair appointed by the Philippine president.

Three representatives of the enterprise sector and the secretaries of  departments of Inside and Native Authorities, Tourism, Setting and Pure Assets, and Commerce and Business will sit as ex-officio members.

The president may also appoint an administrator and chief government officer who will serve a six-year time period.

Marquez mentioned that in earlier variations of the invoice, the president “merely workouts supervisory authority over native authorities models and never management energy.”

The Aklan provincial board on Feb. 1 handed a decision opposing the creation of BIDA that contravenes the Native Authorities Code and Philippine Structure.

In its decision, the board additionally supported the Malay municipal council, which can also be opposing the most recent model of the invoice.

BIDA will cowl the three barangays of Boracay and Caticlan on the Malay mainland, and a village of neighboring Nabas city.

The physique seeks to take over the Boracay Inter-Company Job Power, which has been supervising the island’s rehabilitation since 2018 when it was closed to vacationers for six months.

Miraflores mentioned the consolidated invoice is “very a lot completely different” from those who they’ve supported.

“It violates a variety of provisions of the Native Authorities Code,” he mentioned in a press convention within the capital city of Kalibo on Feb. 12.

“We aren’t completely in opposition to it. (However) it ought to be a administration physique, not an organization,” the governor mentioned.

Enterprise homeowners earlier welcomed the creation of an island authority based mostly on a invoice within the Senate launched by Sen. Franklin Drilon.

Many residents and enterprise operators have been pushing for the institution of a administration physique as a substitute of putting Boracay Island beneath the only real authority and administration of native authorities models in Aklan.

They consider that one of many key long-term options to the island’s environmental and regulation issues is placing Boracay beneath a physique composed of tourism consultants, enterprise operators, and a minority of native officers freed from politics and political affect.


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