The president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Boracay (PCCI-Boracay) welcomed the move of the University of the Philippines-Marine Environmental Resources Foundation Incorporated to have a 2.6- hectare reclamation project in Barangay Caticlan, Malay Aklan.
Ariel Abriam, PCCI-Boracay president, said that he recently met with Dr. Cesar Villanoy of the UP-Marine Science, former Congressman Allen Quimpo and several provincial government officials to discuss with experts the final report on the study on possible environment hazards of the reclamation project.
“It is good that Dr. Villanoy had given a strong stand on the controversial reclamation project and that they are now openly endorsing it,” said Abriam.
For almost a year, the Malay local government and some private individuals in Boracay have strongly opposed the project. Because of the opposition, the Department of Tourism (DOT) commissioned the UP-Marine Science to study the environmental impact of the project.
Abriam said that the construction of the reclamation project is timely on the declaration of the Trip Advisor that Boracay Island is the second best beach in the world. The Trip Advisor is the world’s largest travel site.
“We need more facilities for Boracay and that the reclamation project is a welcome development,” he said. (PNA)