Business group optimistic Duterte ultimatum will force hotels, restos to clean up Boracay
A business group in this resort island is hopeful that the ultimatum given by President Rodrigo Duterte will “finally” give solutions to the problems here brought about by its tourism industry.
“We hope that things will really happen and will be put into action,” said Elena Brugger, president of the Boracay chapter of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in an interview Saturday.
“All of us here in Boracay wanted a healthier and good island,” she added.
Duterte ordered the Departmentd of Interior and Local Government and of Environment and Natural Resources to fix all Boracay issues within six months.
Both agencies were ordered to pursue establishments that violated the island’s environmental laws.
Brugger said the “immediate action” to fix Boracay problems is really needed.
She noted that the ultimatum showed Duterte’s concern to solve Boracay’s problems.
“Maybe it was the last flooding wherein we were put into bad light, also the reaction of the citizenry that he (President Duterte) felt he has to do a quick but lasting solution in addressing the problem,” Brugger said.
“It’s now (the solution) in the drawing board of the authorities on how this problem will be solved and we hope everyone will benefit from it,” she added. (PNA)