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Duterte approves P25B Boracay action plan

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the Boracay Medium-Term Action Plan for the the continued rehabilitation of the island.

In April 2018, Duterte ordered Boracay island closed for six months after calling the favorite island destination a “cesspool.”

The action plan comprises four strategic themes, said his spokesman Salvador Panelo citing National Economic and Development Authority Director General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro.

These include Enforcement of laws where there will be intervention on the regulation of visitors and hotel accommodations; Prevention where there will be interventions on the sewerage infrastructure, solid and liquid waste management; Rehabilitation and recovery of ecosystems; and Sustainability of activities in the island such as improvement of roads and public health infrastructure, construction of permanent housing program for indigenous people and education facilities.

Panelo said the Boracay Medium-Term Action Plan, which requires an investment of P25.27 billion, aims to “sustain the efforts of the government after its closure.”

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