By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu assured the reelection of dismissed mayor Ciceron Cawaling will not affect the rehabilitation of popular Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.
“He won, but his dismissal is still there,” Cimatu pointed out while in this city Friday for a summit.
While Cawaling was dismissed from public service last month, he won the mayoralty race against his nephew John Yap, who is also a former mayor.
Cawaling was dismissed for his role in the environmental woes and mismanagement of the country’s most famous beach destination. The Ombudsman found him guilty of grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public official, and conduct prejudicial to best interest of service.
“I also would like to clear that the task force will stay there,” Cimatu emphasized.
Cimatu is referring to the Boracay Inter-Agency Task force, which is composed of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), and local government of Malay.
The environment chief noted how the task force still has a year to complete the rehabilitation of the country’s most popular beach destination, which was initially closed down for six months last year.
“Gone is the cesspool, gone is the uncontrolled building construction, gone is the congested roads there. Being chairman of the task force, I will make sure that all our policies will be implemented,” Cimatu added.