Neda: Boracay needs P25.27B investments to be sustainable
Fully rehabilitating top tourist spot Boracay island after its six-month closure last year will entail P25.27 billion in investments from both government and private sector, the state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said Monday.
In a statement, Neda said this investment requirement was identified in the medium-term Boracay Action Plan (BAP) adopted last December by the Boracay Interagency Task Force (BIATF).
Neda spearheaded the crafting of the BAP.
It said P16.21 billion or almost two-thirds of the total investments needed to ensure that Boracay would be sustainable moving forward will be spent on infrastructure development.
But bulk of these investments worth P15.89 billion or nearly two-thirds of the total will be shouldered by the private sector.
The entire BAP listed down 233 programs, projects and activities aimed at “[instilling] safeguards from ecological degradation and sustain tourism activities in Boracay.”
“It [the BAP] primarily provides the strategic interventions to ensure the island’s rehabilitation over the medium term and sustainable management over the long term,” Neda Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro said.
The BAP was aimed at making Boracay a “secure and globally-competitive world-class tourism destination with a vibrant, productive and climate-resilient economy that is geared toward inclusive growth and anchored on the sustainable development of its innate natural resources.”
The plan was nonetheless still awaiting President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval.
Neda said once Mr. Duterte approves the BAP, it will be implemented until 2022.
The BIATF was formed under Executive Order (EO) No. 53, following Mr. Duterte’s order to close down the popular tourist destination for rehabilitation as he called the island a “cesspool.”
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and Neda chief Ernesto M. Pernia had partly blamed slower economic growth posted during the second and third quarters of 2018 to Boracay’s temporary closure, which impacted on the tourism sector. /kga
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