ILOILO CITY –– Aklan officers are opposing the newest model of a invoice that seeks to create a physique that can govern Boracay Island as an alternative of being underneath the only jurisdiction of native authorities models.
Officials led by Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores and Representatives Teoderico Haresco Jr. and Carlito Marquez stated the consolidated payments now pending on the House committee on authorities enterprises and privatization would create a company physique that may “divest” powers from native governments mandated by the Local Government Code.
Marquez, in a letter dated Feb. 2 to Parañaque City Rep. Eric Olivarez, committee chair, raised considerations over provisions of the invoice that he stated must be “revisited.”
These embody granting BIDA the facility to problem enterprise licenses and constructing permits and limiting native taxation to the gathering of actual property taxes.
The consolidated invoice, which integrates at the least 10 separate associated payments, additionally gives that the island authority will prevail when in battle with the native authorities over issues affecting Boracay Island.
The BIDA will probably be administered by an 11-member board, with the chair appointed by the Philippine president.
Three representatives of the enterprise sector and the secretaries of  departments of Interior and Local Government, Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, and Trade and Industry will sit as ex-officio members.
The president may even appoint an administrator and chief government officer who will serve a six-year time period.
Marquez stated that in earlier variations of the invoice, the president “merely workout routines supervisory authority over native authorities models and never management energy.”
The Aklan provincial board on Feb. 1 handed a decision opposing the creation of BIDA that contravenes the Local Government Code and Philippine Constitution.
In its decision, the board additionally supported the Malay municipal council, which can also be opposing the newest model of the invoice.
BIDA will cowl the three barangays of Boracay and Caticlan on the Malay mainland, and a village of neighboring Nabas city.
The physique seeks to take over the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, which has been supervising the island’s rehabilitation since 2018 when it was closed to vacationers for six months.
Miraflores stated the consolidated invoice is “very a lot completely different” from those who they’ve supported.
“It violates plenty of provisions of the Local Government Code,” he stated in a press convention within the capital city of Kalibo on Feb. 12.
“We aren’t completely in opposition to it. (But) it ought to be a administration physique, not an organization,” the governor stated.
Business homeowners earlier welcomed the creation of an island authority based mostly on a invoice within the Senate launched by Sen. Franklin Drilon.
Many residents and enterprise operators have been pushing for the institution of a administration physique as an alternative of putting Boracay Island underneath the only authority and administration of native authorities models in Aklan.
They imagine that one of many key long-term options to the island’s environmental and regulation issues is placing Boracay underneath a physique composed of tourism specialists, enterprise operators, and a minority of native officers freed from politics and political affect.

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