Workers to receive aid following Boracay closure

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is willing to give assistance to workers that will be affected by the suggested one year closure of the Boracay Island.

“Magkakaroon tayo ng plano diyan, lalo na ‘yung mga workers na madi-dismiss,” Leones said in an interview on Balitanghali, noting that they will speed up rehabilitation to minimize the damage to workers.”Magkakaroon tayo ng plano diyan, lalo na ‘yung mga workers na madi-dismiss,” Leones said in an interview on GMA News show Balitanghali.

Leones also expressed confidence that the rehabilitation efforts will be worth it in the end, citing examples like Phuket and Pattaya in Thailand who underwent the same situation of being closed down and came back with improved profits and a sustainable improvement.

“May mga maapektuhan na workers, mga turista, pero para ito sa bayan eh. Ibig sabihin, talagang mas maraming, na mas maganda naman ang kalalabasan natin,” Leones said.

“Nakita naman natin sa experience nila, talagang naging sustainable development du’n sa area, at tsaka mga tao du’n, mas lalong lumaki pa ang kita nila nu’ng maayos ‘yung mga sinaradong resort nila du’n,” he added.

Leones also asked for the help of business owners and locals, saying that their cooperation for the clean-up will speed up the rehab process of the Boracay island.

“Kung sabihin ng Pangulo na hindi dapat natin isarado, itutuloy pa rin natin kaya lang konting abala ng konti, ‘di ganoon kabilis din ang pag-rehabilitate natin,” Leones said.”Kung sabihin ng Pangulo na hindi dapat natin isarado, itutuloy pa rin natin kaya lang konting abala ng konti, ‘di ganoon kabilis din ang pag-rehabilitate natin,” Leones said.

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