BORACAY Island, Malay Aklan — This resort island is being eyed as a pilot model for water resource management hoping to be replicated in several tourism island areas in the Philippines.
Raymond Sucgang of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute said that the project has a P5 million project coming from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.
“DoST (Department of Science and Technology) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña are supportive of this endeavor,” said Sucgang who hails from Boracay Island.Batan, Aklan.
This resort island has been identified as a model because Boracay has been recognized as a world class tourist destination. In 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic, it registered twoo million tourists.
“We plan to go to Nabaoy River in Malay, Aklan this October to start the evaluation for the potable water resource management. The Nabaoy River in mainland Malay, Aklan is currently the lone source of potable water supply for the consumption of both tourists and the residents,” Sucgang said.
Results of the study will be used to craft government policies in order to ensure water resource sustainability in tourism island areas all over the country.