To foster financial improvement in Basilan province, a lawmaker from Mindanao has filed a so-called livelihood invoice, declaring Malamawi Island within the Metropolis of Isabela, Province of Basilan, an ecotourism zone.
Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman filed Home Invoice 6293 that seeks to declare the island within the risky south an ecotourism zone and mandates the Division of Tourism (DOT) to develop the island as a tourism vacation spot.
“At first, this can be a livelihood measure,” mentioned Hataman.
In keeping with the measure, Malamawi is a small island in Basilan with an extended stretch of white sandy seashore on its northern coast. Due to its crystal blue water, refined white sand, and breathtaking surroundings, Malamawi Island has turn out to be a preferred vacationer attraction.
Vacationer arrivals in Isabela Metropolis— each accommodation-based and day excursions—have jumped from 60,549 in 2019, to a whopping 112,275 as of October in 2022. Arrivals dropped in 2020 and 2021 understandably on account of Covid-19 restrictions.
“The Malamawi Island, within the Metropolis of Isabela, Province of Basilan is hereby declared an ecotourism zone. Its improvement shall be prioritized by the DOT, topic to the principles and laws governing the event of ecotourism zones,” HB 6293 mandates.
“Inside one yr after the approval of this Act, the DOT shall, in coordination with the native authorities items of the Metropolis of Isabela…and companies of the federal government, put together a tourism improvement plan involving the development, set up, and upkeep of acceptable infrastructure and amenities that shall encourage tourism within the space,” it added.
Any tourism improvement plan of the DOT must be consulted with the Division of Atmosphere and Pure Assets (DENR) in order that any actions and improvement to be carried out within the space ought to conform to the idea of ecotourism.
“The Secretary of Tourism shall embody within the DOT’s program the implementation of this Act, the funding of which shall be included within the annual Common Appropriations Act and from internally generated funds of the DOT,” the invoice added.
Hataman is assured that with the nationwide authorities’s assist, Malamawi may rival the nation’s nice seashores resembling Boracay and Siargao.
“Cognizant of its significance to the general improvement of Isabela Metropolis and Basilan province as a complete, the native authorities unit has poured packages and initiatives to the island and its communities to bolster its capability to accommodate guests and enhance the lives of its individuals, and enrich customer and vacationer expertise,” he mentioned.