Boracay, Guimaras eyed as pilot areas for manufacturing-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
THE National Economic Development Authority (Neda) in Western Visayas is recommending the development of small-scale manufacturing activities of small and medium entrepreneurs in the region, with products to be sold to tourists in the island of Boracay and, eventually, in Guimaras.
Neda Regional Director Ro-Ann Bacal said that Boracay is a very lucrative island for selling and merchandising, but most of the souvenir items and products sold in the island are made from other provinces, such as Cebu, Bohol, and Davao.
Bacal said the people of Aklan province must be the first to benefit from the tourism windfall from Boracay, as thousands of foreigners and domestic tourists troop to the island every day.
The Department of Tourism estimated that more than four million tourists will go to Western Visayas by 2016 with Boracay as the main jewel attraction.
Bacal said the local government units of Malay and the Provincial Government of Aklan will have to take the lead in this particular endeavor to encourage the people of Aklan to take advantage of the tourism flock and start creating souvenir products for the tourists.
Bacal said fancy jewelries, t-shirts, miniature ships, and other souvenir items can be easily made by the local people, and stores in Boracay are most glad to buy and sell these local items than import these items from far-away places.
She said the region has fast growing service and manufacturing sectors, and the government is now focusing on attracting investors in the manufacturing sector by creating more value-added commodities.