DENR chief is unfazed by Boracay challenges
Despite the challenges surrounding the six-months rehabilitation of Boracay, Environment Chief Roy A. Cimatu said the rehabilitation of the island is on-track because of the cooperation of the members of the inter-agency task force.
“The harder the leadership challenge is, the easier it is to develop resiliency as a leader,” Cimatu said.
Then he promised to turn Boracay into a prime global tourist destination within six months following its closure last April 26.
Fixing Boracay’s sewerage and drainage system is on top of the list of priorities for the DENR.
Also, DENR will restore Boracay’s missing wetlands, one of which is now totally covered as it is the site of a four–star hotel in Barangay Balabag.
Aside from this, rehabilitation work also includes improving road access and solving garbage problems.
Right now, clearing of illegal structures in road easements is still ongoing as well as the demolition of illegal structures situated in wetlands.
Boracay is close to Cimatu’s heart because as battalion commander in Aklan in the 1980’s, he was instrumental in getting rid of the presence of the New People’s Army in Northern Panay that later led to increased tourism.