Needing more working time, Boracay inter-agency extension pushed

first_imgThegovernment-made unit assigned for the job is considering a one-year extensionto continue its work. The too urgent extension of BIATF operation is beingstudied by Malacañang for the long-term stability of the island as a premiertourist destination. “Nasa right track, on-time tayosa mga projects sa isla at tuloy-tuloy ang compliance ng mga commercial establishments. Matatapos na rin itong road widening atdrainage works sa Phase II,” she said. Two years ago,the enhanced inter-agency task force was created by virtue of Executive OrderNo. 53 to “reverse the degradation of Boracay” Island,’ to strictly enforcenational laws and local ordinances,  andto implement and oversee policies. Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force requires more work time to ensure the ecological sustainability of the world-class island through rehabilitation. ABS-CBN Under the EO,the task force is deemed dissolved after two years from May 8, 2018 unlessextended by President Duterte upon recommendation of the Cabinet. It is also upto him to give the local government units in Malay, Aklan the full autonomy tomanage the island if the task force is no longer needed. “May mga proyekto sa Boracay Action Plan doon na kailangang matapos hanggang 2022kahit wala na ang task force. Ngunit sa ngayon wala pa ang permanentbody, nag-uusap ang mga secretariesto recommend ang extension nang taskforce kay Pangulong Duterte,” shestressed.The president called the island before a ‘cesspool’ due to illegal discharge ofwaste to the sea. Strained by mass tourism, the island was shut down on April2018 to public in order to allow it to recover from the impact of tourism andfor the much-needed rehabilitation works. Natividad addedthat a medium term Boracay Action Plan (BAP) was already approved by PresidentRodrigo Duterte on July 2019 to sustain the rehabilitation efforts of theinter-agency task force. KALIBO, AKlan –The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) needs more work time to ensure theecological sustainability of the world-class island through rehabilitation. Natividad Bernandino, Boracay rehabilitation management group general manager said that the extension of the task force’s mandate will give the necessary push to speed up and resolve issues on environment, infrastructure, water quality, peace and order, sewerage and waste management of the world-class island. The island wasable to reopen six months later with new rules and regulations governing in thestrict implementation of local ordinances. Meanwhile,Aklan 2nd District Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. filed a measure for the creationof Boracay Island Council – a policy-making body that will oversee the managementand development of the island.The bill seeks to regulate the establishments, operations, maintenance ofactivities, infrastructures and utilities in the island by formulatingshort-term and long-term strategies for social and infrastructural  development and of environmental protection.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

Dodgers don’t seem to have room for top pitching prospect Dustin May

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I mean yeah,” Gonsolin said when asked if it would be a disappointment to open the season in Triple-A after getting an extended audition in the majors last season. “You know, I would love to be a big-league starter, get my first Opening Day and start every fifth day and all that stuff. But with all that being said, I know that there’s a lot of good pitchers on this staff and our rotation is very deep at this point.“If they see me long term as a starter, it might be better off to start in Triple-A. But with that being said, I’d like get my big-league time and you know help the ballclub. … I just want to help the team out and you can’t help the team out in Triple-A.”Both May and Gonsolin are likely to be up with the Dodgers at some point during the season. The Dodgers have used an average of 12.3 starting pitchers per season during their run of seven consecutive National League West titles.LEFTY LEANINGRoberts said Caleb Ferguson is being treated as a reliever this spring. In the past, Ferguson was treated as a starter then shortened into a relief role.Last year, Ferguson’s 44 relief appearances were the most by a Dodgers left-hander. Roberts indicated it will be a three-way competition among Ferguson, Scott Alexander and Adam Kolarek for left-handed roles in the bullpen.With the new three-batter minimum rule, any left-hander in the bullpen will be expected to face both right- and left-handed hitters.“With Alexander and Ferguson throughout their careers, they are kind of neutral as far as the splits and Adam, not as much,” Roberts said. “But what he did against left handers last year, we’re giving him the opportunity to see if that upshoot plays against right-handed hitters. We’ve got some tough decisions to make. You’re not gonna to carry all three of them. Time will tell.”ALSOMookie Betts is scheduled to make his spring Dodgers debut in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch. The game will be televised on SportsNet LA. … Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw to hitters in a live batting practice session Saturday. Because of the rain, that was pushed back until Sunday. Tony Gonsolin is in “the same bucket” as far as being viewed as a starter, Roberts said. But Gonsolin’s pitch mix, age (25, three years older than May) and experience pitching in relief (he spent his first two professional seasons as a reliever) make him more of a consideration for a bullpen role. But the winter acquisitions of Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol seem to have closed the bullpen gate on May and Gonsolin.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season GLENDALE, Ariz. — Barring injuries that change the makeup of the Dodgers’ pitching staff, it looks like top prospect Dustin May will be opening the 2020 season in the minor leagues.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday May was not being evaluated for a bullpen role to start the season. With the starting rotation essentially set — Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Julio Urias and Alex Wood — May’s ticket to Oklahoma City seems punched.“I don’t see the bullpen role out of camp,” Roberts said. “Anything can happen. Things can change. But obviously we view him as a starter. He pitched out of the ‘pen last year when he got called up — and made some starts. But I think right now we’re going to continue to build him up as a starter.“I just don’t see it making a whole lot of sense to, as a young player, put him in the ‘pen out of camp.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img May said he arrived in camp prepared for “whatever was needed … or wanted.” As of Saturday morning, May said the Dodgers’ decision-makers had not spoken to him about his role as a starter or reliever. The 22-year-old right-hander has been limited over the past week after feeling tightness in his left side following a throwing session.“It’s out of my hands,” he said about the prospect of opening the season in Triple-A. “If they don’t want me up here in that role (relief), I can’t change that.”May made his big-league debut last season, appearing in 14 games for the Dodgers — four starts and 10 relief appearances. He made the postseason roster and pitched out of the bullpen twice.The potential was obvious. In his four starts, May was 1-2 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 17-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Out of the bullpen, he was clearly out of his element and erratic at times. He had a 5.11 ERA in 12 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.“We understand that he’s done some really good things for us,” Roberts said. “And right now, things can change as far as health. So, we’re just encouraging Dustin to control what he can control and right now that’s get healthy and get on the mound and build up that pitch count.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more