Duterte extended the BIATF's term until June 30, 2022

Duterte extended the BIATF's term until June 30, 2022

President Rodrigo Duterte extended the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force's (BIATF) term until the end of his administration; the BIATF is the one responsible for managing Boracay Island's rehabilitation.

Under Executive Order 147, the BIATF's term is extended until June 30, 2022, except if the President will terminate or extend it again.

The BIATF was formed last May 18, 2018, through Executive Order 53, signed by Duterte to lead the rehabilitation program and ensure the ecological sustainability of Boracay.

Their term was supposed to end two years from when it was established; however, it was prolonged until May 8, 2021, through Executive Order 115.

Currently, the President lengthened the BIATF's term again for another year to completely ensure that the Boracay Action Plan will be finished in 2022.

"The COVID-19 pandemic and the imposition of community quarantine measures have resulted in unprecedented delays and massive disruptions on the implementation of critical programs and projects based on the key thematic areas of Boracay Action Plan," Duterte said.

"Therefore, I, President Duterte, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution and existing laws, do hereby order that the Task Force shall be deemed dissolved on June 30, 2022, unless extended or sooner terminated by the President," he added.

The new Executive Order has stated that 80% or 271 of 339 establishments in Boracay are compliant with the "25 + five-meter beach easement."

Meanwhile, 83% or 1,017 of the 1,230 total infrastructures are compliant with the "12-meter road easement."

Furthermore, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has prepared 163 cases against illegal occupants in the forestlands.

Of the 163 cases, 54 were filed in the courts of the Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, and Natural Resources office of Boracay.


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