Canada backs Davao del Norte's Boracay of the South

Subscribe Now June 27, 2014 at 08:21am

The government of Canada will support this province in creating a premier tourist destination in the South primarily the Talikud Island in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) to be the Boracay of the South.

Governor Rodolfo del Rosario with a team composed of officials from Region XI Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Tourism, local government flew to Boracay recently for a benchmarking activity funded by Canada under its Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED).

The LGSP-LED is a collaborative program between Philippines and Canada whose goal is “to foster efficient, responsive, transparent and accountable governance at all levels.” It assists local government units to be business-friendly and competitive. For this purpose, a R5.8-million Open Beach Line project is awarded to the Provincial Government.

The team studied the project through the benchmarking activity and went on a series of discussion with organizations involved in the management of the island and some locals active in the implementation of existing policies and regulations.

Mabel Bacani, Boracay Redevelopment Task Force Secretariat head, told the team to examine the Tourism Master Plan identifying Panglao, Palawan, Boracay and Davao del Norte’s Samal Island, to which Talikud Island belongs, as priority destinations.

“You cannot implement without a solid basis,” Bacani told the team.

She also underscored the significance of examining existing laws and ordinances applicable in the development of Talikud and harmonizing them with the master plan.

Del Rosario stressed to the team to first revisit the master plan and the laws especially those affecting the Open Beach Policy and 25+5 No Build Zone, which has now increased to 40 meters in view of climate change.


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