AKLAN, Philippines – The eastern side of top tourist destination Boracay, where Tambisaan Beach is located, appeared peaceful in the face of the island's rehabilitation.
But controversies hound that area in Manoc-Manoc village in Malay, Aklan, as the said location is reportedly where a casino will be built.
Galaxy Entertainment's local partner Leisure & Resorts World bought a 23-hectare land in Sitio Sugod in Manoc-Manoc for the casino-resort sometime in 2018.
But environment officials earlier said they had not yet received any application for permits to build a hotel and casino in Boracay.
DENR is currently conducting another survey on Boracay's carrying capacity, which will "guide the regulatory-set up of the island," Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III said in a press conference on Thursday, April 26.
Meanwhile, some residents supported the idea as it will bring "development" in their area. (WATCH: Some residents say yes to building casino in Boracay)
Boracay Island is home to 32,267 residents from the combined populations of Balabag, Manoc-Manoc, and Yapak villages in 2015. It is visited by some 18,000 tourists and 26,000 workers daily.
In 2017, tourist arrivals reached 2.1 million, a 16% increase from the 2016 figures of 1.7 million, according to the tourism department. – Rappler.com