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PRRD to declare state of calamity in Boracay
« on: March 07, 2018, 07:53:14 PM »
PRRD to declare state of calamity in Boracay
 March 7, 2018, 7:56 am

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1027688

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Tuesday, March 6, that he would place Boracay under a state of calamity.

“Ngayon, I know it work hardships and that is why I would be declaring a state of calamity,” he said in a speech during the oath taking of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission at Malacañan Palace.

The Chief Executive explained that placing the island under a state of calamity would allow the government to extend assistance to those who are displaced financially.

“Ang state of calamity may component ’yan na pambigay talaga for those who are displaced financially,” he said.

The President said he ordered Department of Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año to put an end to Boracay’s problem in six months.

“Sabi ko na, ‘Sir, inutusan kita six months. Tapusin mo. ‘Yung hanap ka. Six months. Tapusin mo ‘yang problema sa Boracay,’” he said.

At the same time, Duterte urged the public to work together with the government in the clean-up of the island.

“In the meantime, if I were from Boracay or you guys there, the best thing for you to do is to cooperate with the government and hasten the cleanup,” he said.

The President explained that the problem in the island is an issue of public interest, public safety, and public health.

“So ‘yang tatlo na ‘yan I am invoking it and it is one of the -- mga abugado dito, a mass function of… I can order for this thing to happen because it is of public interest, public safety and public health. Para malaman ninyo,” he said.

Duterte also warned the courts not to interfere by issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO).

“I would caution the courts not to interfere by issuing TRO because you would just exacerbate the situation and the worse, baka hindi kita paniwalaan,” he said.

Last month, the President described the island as a cesspool and has ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to clean up Boracay.

Meanwhile, the President said the deployment ban in Kuwait would remain until his conditions are met.

“Ang sabi ko, the ban stays until I meet the guys and talk,” he said.

He said employers should treat overseas Filipino workers well by allowing them to get enough sleep and food; should not confiscate their passports, and should not be sexually assaulted.

"Ngayon, ‘pag wala ‘yan, sorry. Umuwi kayo dito," he said.

In a press conference in February, the President announced the deployment ban in Kuwait amid the deaths of domestic workers.

The PACC officials sworn in by the President were Dante Jimenez as chairman; Greco Belgica, Rickson Chiong, Gregorio Luis Contacto III as commissioners; and Eduardo Bringas as executive director. (PND)

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Re: PRRD to declare state of calamity in Boracay
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 07:54:20 PM »
Boracay problem due to lack of participatory governance: DILG exec
By Liza Agoot  March 7, 2018, 1:09 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1027633

BAGUIO CITY — The environmental degradation issue now hounding the island resort of Boracay municipality in Aklan could be due to years of lack of participatory governance--or simply, lack of coordination--a government official said here on Tuesday.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Austere Panadero, on the sidelines of the Open Government and Participatory Governance regional dialogue for Luzon (cluster 2) here, said Boracay's situation now did not happen overnight, but took about 10 years to blow up.

"Ang sitwasyon (sa Boracay) hindi nangyari nang biglaan, mahabang panahon, may mga nangyayari 10 years back that compounded the situation today (The situation in Boracay did not happen overnight; it took many years; some happened even 10 years back that compounded the situation today),” Panadero said, pointing out there was lack of participatory governance in Boracay.

Panadero said participatory governance is bringing all sectors together, getting inputs from various sectors in the locality to come up with a decision on issues, including plans and programs that have future effects on the community.

He said the government is now looking closely at the situation and those found to have done well would be praised, while those who did wrong would be punished.

He said the DILG, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the local government units concerned would come up with a consolidated report and united stand on how to save the place from further destruction.

“Sa kasalukuyan lahat yan inaaral na mabuti (at present, all those are being studied very well),” the official said, noting the different sectors in Boracay vary in their plans of action.

"May business sector, local government, development councils--hindi nagkatugma-tugma ng balak kung ano gagawin. Siguro ang isang scenario nangyari dyan, napakabilis ng development, ang pagtayo ng mga commercial establishments. Hindi nakasabay ng husto ang infrastructure, maraming shortcuts. So yun ang naging dahilan kung ano yung mga nangyayari ngayon (There is the business sector, local government, development councils--their plans did not align with each other. Maybe, one scenario that happened there is too rapid development. The construction of commercial establishments was not able to equal that of the infrastructure requirement. A lot of shortcuts were done. That is the reason for what is happening at present).”

Panadero described the Boracay issue as a “template for future development".

"That is the guidance that the Cabinet has given to all implementing agencies involved in implementing the environmental laws,” he said. (PNA)