Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Aklan guv turns down casino proposal in Caticlan

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan- Aklan Governor Carlito Marquez has rejected the proposed establishment of a casino in the 2.6-hectare reclamation project at the Caticlan Jetty Port.

Niven Maquirang, Caticlan Jetty Port administrator, said that the Aklan provincial government has received proposals from different firms for the establishment of the casino but Marquez turned them down.

"Governor Marquez does not want to have a casino in Caticlan," Maquirang said.

For several years, many of the gambling firms have been seeking clearance from the Philippine Amusement Games Corporation (PAGCOR) to invest in casino in this resort island. These firms contended that it could raise revenue for Boracay.

The project, however, was turned town by the Catholic Church and several stakeholders in this resort island.

Meanwhile, Maquirang reported that the Caticlan Jetty Port has generated a revenue of P112,527 million in 2010, a big increase from the projection of P100 million. 

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