GMA Freezes Boracay Dev't
Byline: BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
BORACAY -- Development work and construction activities in this island have virtually been frozen as President Arroyo directed Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling to suspend the issuance of building permits for any structure in this world famous island without the prior approval of Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano and Aklan Gov. Carlito Marquez.
The President issued Executive Order 706 which also reorganized the Inter-Agency Committee headed by Virtus Gil as secretary of the Eminent Persons Group.
The President, in her order, has given Durano the authority to decide on the development pace of Boracay Island, in collaboration with Marquez who, aside from being governor, is also the chairman of the Aklan Provincial Tourism Special Development Task Force.
DoT regional director Edwin Trompeta said his office has yet to receive a copy of EO 706 and Durano's instructions on the mechanics of implementation of their roles and tasks.
Durano, the concurrent chairman of the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), is also mandated to exercise the administration, supervision and control of tourism projects in the island under Memorandum Order No. 214 on April 18, 2006.
The new executive order, however, specifies a delegated authority to the DoT secretary--from the President - to identify what projects should be implemented in the island, in collaboration with the provincial governor, who would also have discretionary authority in determining what projects to implement in Boracay. …