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Ano na? Nancy Binay presses gov’t on plans for Boracay

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Senator Nancy Binay is not contented with the government’s plan on how to deal with the problems that may arise once it seals off Boracay island from tourists.

With the help of the Phil. National Police (PNP), the Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will shutdown Boracay effective April 26 to rehabilitate the world-renowned island.

Asked whether the government’s plan to close Boracay from tourists is enough, Binay said, “Hindi. Unang-una, personally, hindi ko pa talaga naririnig what is the plan.”

“In fact tomorrow, ang balita ko, may workshop ang DoT and the other agencies with the stakeholders,” said Binay on Monday in an interview.

“So, bukas pa sila mag-uusap para ilatag nila kung ano ba ‘yung plano. May naririnig na ba kayong detailed plan?,” said Binay, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Tourism.

Pressed whether the decision to shutdown Boracay was “premature” amid the lack of a masterplan on how to pursue it, she said, “Or baka may pagkukulang doon sa pag-di disclose (ng plan).”

“Kasi ‘di ba, siguro hindi pa napag-uusapan, paano nila ididistribute ‘yung P2 billion na tulong para doon sa mga mawawalan ng trabaho?” Binay stressed.

“Iyung plano, ano ba uunahin nila? Uunahin ba muna ‘yung mga (water) pipes? So, I guess baka kulang lang doon sa pag-re release ng information,” she added.