Boy Ryan B. Zabal
Panay News / Manila Bulletin
BORACAY Island - Pump boats plying the Caticlan-Boracay route are implementing the new boat fare rate of P25 from the previous P19.50 fare for tourists.
Godofredo Sadiasa, chairman of the Caticlan Boracay Transport Multi-purpose Cooperative (CBTMPC), said the boat fare increase would minimize the impact caused by the unabated hike in the prices of crude oil and motor parts of pump boats. “In 2008 alone, the major oil players hiked their cost of gasoline and crude oil 17 times. This is the first time in four years or since 2004 that we allow the increase of boat fare by almost P5.50,” he said.
The fee is being collected when tourist enters the Caticlan jetty port, the jump off point to Boracay Island, before embarking on the motorized pump boat of CBTMPC or from the Cagban jetty port in Brgy. Manoc-Manoc.
For non-Aklanon tourists, they have to pay an additional P50 for environmental fee. Sadiasa said the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) approved their petition for boat fare hike without the need for public consultation. He said the local government of Malay is properly informed of the recent fare adjustment.
“The cooperative is giving discounts for locals from P19.50 to P20 only. But they have to secure a discounted card from us for P100, which is valid for one year,” he stressed. For the past six months, tourist arrivals reached 400,037, mostly Koreans and Chinese tourists. Domestic tourists reached 265,958.Overseas Filipinos had 22,343 arrivals.