DENR wants Panglao Island to have a long-term dev’t plan
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has told local executives to formulate a long-term development plan for Panglao Island in Bohol so as to avoid a situation similar to Boracay Island, which is now facing serious environmental problems mainly due to unmanaged overdevelopment.
Just like Boracay, Panglao is one of the country’s top tourist destinations famous for its white sand beaches and world-class diving.
Cimatu said there is a need to plan for the island’s long term development in order to ensure the sustainability of its environment.
“The plans you are making are good for now. But I want to see a development plan for Panglao for the next 30 years,” Cimatu told members of the Panglao Island and Tagbilaran Executive Council (PITEC) led by Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto during their meeting held recently.
PITEC is a coordinating and advisory body composed of local government executives and stakeholder representatives from Tagbilaran City and the two municipalities that make up Panglao Island, Dauis and Panglao.