Fetalvero: Trouble in paradise

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By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


MOALBOAL, a diver’s destination, captures both local and foreign tourists. Tourism is booming despite the dirt and dusty roads leading to every beach and diving resort.

You have to traverse from the poblacion to a barangay road where P5 per person is collected as entrance fee. The collector said an ordinance dictates the collection.

This barangay is the only access to the roads that will eventually lead you to the different resorts.

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Whatever happened to the road user’s tax amounting to millions that our government collects? In my opinion, it is a bad precedence to compel local tourists to pay for the use of a barangay road. I am just curious. What would have happened had I refused to pay P5?

You are one of the lucky ones if you still find a decent accommodation during summertime and weekends. We did not have any reservation, so my family spent three hours looking for a place to stay. We finally found a respite in one of the resorts whose owner took cognizance of our need to find a resting place for the night. My special thanks to Cecille.

We enjoyed our stay at the resort as my grandchildren busied themselves scouring the clear waters for shells to add to my collection. Kenneth, my grandson, wanted to bring home an oversized starfish. I advised him not to disturb the poor sea creature as it is happier in its natural habitat.

Across the Moalboal resorts is place called Pescador Island. A 15-minute pump boat ride will take you to the island where you can marvel at the amazing marine resources that are in abundance and are preserved by environmentalists for the divers and tourists alike.

While enjoying the serenity of Moalboal, I gathered some information that is most disturbing. There is an apparent tyranny taking place that would warrant the attention of Gov. Hilario Davide. A group of hoodlums claiming to be remnants of the Marcos administration are harassing landowners.

These gunmen are claiming rights to some properties despite the fact that they cannot even show tax declarations. Hello, land grabbing reeks of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Game over.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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