Department of Tourism Boracay
Aklan, Boracay Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines
Boracay Department of Tourism : Being in charge of the entire tourism aspects and elements of a small island which is fast-becoming over-developed can be a daunting challenge. This is the job of the Boracay Department of Tourism and it is faced with many such trials in its goal to balance the rise in progress while also making sure the island stays a tropical paradise and even returns to being more beautiful like it was before over-development caused many concerns. Fortunately, with several government and local groups supporting this worthy endeavor, they will succeed with the cooperation of the residents and resort owners of the island.
Boracay Department Of Tourism (DOT)
To bring back the magnificence of being the most beautiful tropical paradise on earth is one of the many lofty goals of the Boracay Department Of Tourism. The agency has, for years, been coordinating with the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources to restore and save the innate paradise-like surroundings of Boracay’s environs.
Boracay’s Department of Tourism believes that there has been over-development with regards to hotels and resorts on the island that it is becoming too much and cannot be regulated effectively. As a result, many of the establishments on the island fail to adhere to numerous building laws and local ordinances in terms of construction procedures, health concerns of workers and residents, the general environment of the area and local commerce are concerned and affected.
One of the most pressing problems which the Boracay Department of Tourism wishes to address is the sewer system of the island. Currently, there is no existing system for draining the sewers of effluence and that which takes into account the building of more resorts and hotels and creating space for any needed modifications so that when new buildings will not impede or intersect the sewer lines of other establishments and causing blockages or leaks.
As early as 2006, the Boracay Department of Tourism with the help of the Philippine Tourism Authority was authorized by then President of the Philippines Gloria Arroyo, to solve the problem. The Boracay Department of Tourism along with the Philippine Tourism Authority or PTA now works hand in hand with the Aklan provincial government in addressing this situation. The agencies now control Boracay’s zoning, ecology and also supervise the tourist areas of Boracay, after becoming a special tourism zone by the President of the country.
Boracay’s Department of Tourism along with the PTA is now in control of any and all local activities in terms of tourism and regulating all aspects such as tourism info, the rates on transports and also the schedules for going to other parts of Boracay, the resorts and hotels, requirements of foreigners visiting the island and any building being done in relation to tourism.
The Boracay Department of Tourism wishes to have a momentary ban on the issuance of building permits by the local provincial agencies as long as there are still concerns over the worrying tourism problems of Boracay. The current fiasco in the island’s infrastructure must be looked at more carefully and solved before this alarming pattern of building without a long term plan becomes uncontrollable. Boracay’s Department of Tourism has further asked the DENR to work more towards restoring the whole of the island to its unique qualities which it is losing fast.
Subsequently, the DENR wishes to promote a progress which is friendly to the environment, specifically in terms of tourism. The current objectives of welcoming more investment from foreigners are usually connected only to the construction of more resorts and hotels on the island. Although many people believe that an approach such as this must be delicately balanced with the ecological concerns of the island, this is the main thrust of Boracay’s Department of Tourism while working the the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.