TCP complains ‘lack of coordination’ in Boracay rehabilitation

Tourists takes photographs along local sailboats on the island of Boracay, central Philippines January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Charlie Saceda

The Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) reiterated their willingness to help in the rehabilitation of Boracay, but sees a lack of coordination for the restoration of the popular tourist destination.

According to Jojo Clemente, president of TCP, during their sole meeting with the Department of Tourism, the assembly was never asked of their opinion on how to rehabilitate the island and how they can provide assistance.

“Minsan lang kaming nakipag-pulong sa DOT. Hindi na ulit kami tinanong kung anong gusto naming mangyari or hindi man lang kami tinanong kung paano kami tutulong sa pag-aayos ng Boracay. ” Clemente said during DZRH’s One On One.

Clemente further added that business owners in Boracay weren’t informed of the time-table or the action plan for the restoration of the island.

“Hindi naman kami binigyan ng time table at saka kung ano yung action plan kaya hindi rin alam nung mga tao diyan sa Boracay kung paano kami makakatulong.” Clemente insisted.

The TCP official also pointed out that plans for Boracay could affect the whole tourism sector of the Philippines, especially since foreign tourists continue to flock the island even during the rainy season.

Meanwhile on reported plans to close the island, Clemente hopes that the closure will be enforced either on September or October, amidst the stormy season.

“Malawak ang magiging epekto niyan. Hindi lang sa resort mismo pero sa padaigdigan tourismo, yung mga turista na pumupunta sa atin.” Clemente explained. “Hindi mo pwedeng ihiwalay ang Boracay. Isang produkto lang ang Pilipinas.”

In line with this, the TCP hopes for another meeting with government officials to further discuss how business owners be directed in restoring Boracay to its former beauty.

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