By Minerva Bc Newman
Cebu City — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is pressing Bohol local executives to draw up a 30-year development plan for Panglao Island to prevent serious environmental problems due to overdevelopment.
“We do not want this to happen in Panglao, or Siargao, or El Nido,” Cimatu said. Just like Boracay, Panglao is one of the country’s popular tourist destinations noted for its world-class diving and pristine white sand beaches, he said.
He told the members of the Panglao Island and Tagbilaran Executive Council (PITEC) during a meeting Monday he wants to see the development plan that will guide future leaders in ensuring that the island’s environment is protected, especially once the new international airport in Panglao opens.
“Unlike Boracay, there are more reasons for people of all ages to come here. The tourism industry will really flourish and the infrastructure like sewage will have to change,” Cimatu added.
He listened to the presentations of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Central Visayas on the results of its water quality sampling and the list of establishments violating the easement law.