Rep. Zarate ng Bayan Muna sa Boracay reopening: ‘Na-rehabilitate ba talaga nila yung buhay ng Boracay?’

Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate expressed disappointment over the outcome of the six months rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered for its closure.

For Zarate, the government wasn’t able to resolve the entire problem of the island.

He said the problem of Boracay doesn’t just rely on the water pollution but it has a complex problem.

“Boracay’s problem is a complex problem. It’s not just the water pollution where there is a lot of coliforms or the volume of garbage in the wetlands. Na-rehabilitate ba talaga nila yung buhay ng Boracay (Was life in Boracay truly rehabilitated?),” said Zarate.

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“I doubt it that the environmental problems have been duly addressed. In six months you can’t solve that,” he added.

Zarate said that the serious problem in the island is the livelihood and the permanent place to stay for the residents of Boracay and that’s the problem that haven’t addressed by the government.

“Kasi ang kanilang nakikitang problema lang ay on the surface, yung pang-turismo. Ang problema ng kabuhayan, ang problema sa kasiguruhan sa paninirahan ng mga residente doon, yan ang hindi nila natutugunan hanggang ngayon,” he said.

The Boracay was reopened to the public last October 26 after 6 months of temporary closure.

“[Some] 36,000 [local workers were displaced] when it was closed for six months,” Zarate said.

Zarate also questioned the blue print of the island and he’s wondering what’s the government’s plan about its people.

“Hinahanap nga natin noon kung ano ba talaga yung blueprint, plano sa Boracay…Ano ba plano niyo para sa mamamayan doon?” he said.

Zarate is part of the opposition and one of those who opposes the closure of Boracay. Even before the closure, he already expressed his concern over the residents who will be affected and compromising their source of income.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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