Boracay’s tribal community to operate soon-to-be built organic resto
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that an organic restaurant which will be established along the road in Barangay Manok-Manok in Boracay will be built to provide livelihood for the Ati Tribe and their children.
A Tribal Vacation Cottages fronting the beach will also be built, which will be operated by the tribal community.
Piñol said that through this, tourists can experience cottages made out of indigenous building materials, take a bath using “tabo” and earthen jars using organic soap made out of Gumamela flowers, and take a sip of the “Rice Coffee” called “Sara-sara” by the natives.
“[These projects that were] proposed by the DA [Department of Agriculture] and accepted by the Ati Tribal People like the Tribal Organic Restaurant, Tribal Cottages, Solar-Powered Smart Greenhouse and the Solar-Powered Irrigation System will soon start construction with funds coming from both the private sector and government,” Piñol said.
“Our target is to operate these facilities in time for the reopening of Boracay Island on October 26 this year,” he added.
The Ati Tribe of Boracay Island, including the women and fishermen’s groups, also received interventions from the government, including 10 units of fiberglass fishing boats complete with fishing gear and engine from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; P1.950-million from the Department of Agriculture’s Survival and Recovery (SURE) Program to support farmers and fishermen in distress handled by the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC); and training in organic vegetable farming including farm tools and seeds to be planted in a portion of the 2.1-hectare Ancestral Domain Area of the Ati Tribe in Barangay Manok-manok from the Agricultural Training Institute.