Samal Hopes to Avoid Boracay Mistakes

2011 May 4

BalitaSaSamalIsland Samal Hopes to Avoid Boracay Mistakes

Note: this is a what I hope will become a regular (weekly?) feature of news specific to Samal Island. Mostly from news sources, I’ll have short articles relaying the latest news of the island. I’ve found that my main weekly articles are a struggle between personal, regional and Samal specific content, and I’d like to see if I can’t alleviate that to some extent.


Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Arturo Boncato Jr. has been very supportive of Davao, and particularly Samal Island, in the news that has been coming out of the region recently. He is now saying that there is a long term plan being developed for Samal tourism, and from what I’ve heard so far I can say I’m in favor of the approach.

    The master plan’s first phase will concentrate on the basic infrastructure projects, such as the circumferential road that is to be constructed, the use of renewable energy, creation of a better sewage system, and the enhancement of the water system of the island. 

    “We are making sure that we do not do the things that have been done in Boracay and instead do the things that should have been done to avoid the deterioration of their natural resources,” Boncato said.

Another very interesting tidbit I took from the article was the mention of continuing to seek investors for the Ekran Behard (ie. Samal Casino) site. I thought this was a done deal to be re-opened, and that was to have happened quickly. I’m not surprised, but I do think that the news reporting that comes from some of these sources needs to be taken with a (BIG) grain of salt at times.

Along with the master plan for Igacos, Boncato said Mayor Antalan is open for investors to pass along proposals that will work for the Ekran Berhad site.

Full article:

Samal tries to learn from Bora mistakes | Sun.Star

Related posts:
  1. Samal Island Circumferential Road Project Proposed
  2. IGaCoS another Boracay?
  3. Mindanao Tourism Map Launched
  4. Samal Casino Resort To Reopen?
  5. Samal Casino Resort Reopening Confirmed

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Lyn permalink
    May 5, 2011

    It is a good thing to know from you about Samal updates. Wish to read more recent balita from your articles. More power sir.

    • May 5, 2011

      Thank you, Lyn. I’m glad you find them useful, and I’ll continue to post them.

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