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|BANTON 2003 – MASTER PLAN|
The completion of the Banton Port next year should remove one of the
biggest hindrances to Banton’s tourism plans. This early, plans
should be drawn so that the sea transport system would be
tourist-friendly. This is very important because of the long travel time
from Manila, the expected takeoff point of tourists, to Banton.
that the volume of people plying the Banton-Manila route may not be able
to sustain a viable operation of two or more vessels, the municipal
government, or the tourism coordinating office, should proactively invite
shipping lines to join a pool from which it can select the most
tourist-friendly motor vessel.
routes should be enhanced. For example, the Banton – Romblon route.
The fledgling tourism industry in the provincial capital can help. Given
the proper promotion, tourists that go to Romblon may be enticed to
proceed to Banton.
accreditation system to ensure that motorboats transporting people in and
out of Banton meet the standards of tourists should be put in place.
This is really a major concern. Presently, other than the government-owned
guest house, there are no facilities for tourists’ lodging. This
should be one of the priorities in inviting investors or developers to the
island. Given a good prospect, some enterprising Bantoanons may themselves
venture into this business.
Efforts should be exerted so that a cell site is installed in the island
or at least in the nearby islands enough for Banton to receive signals.
& Food Supply. Water is a major concern during cuaresma.
Something should be done about it. Clean drinking water should also be
available. A purified water re-filling station may be feasible.
and beef do not seem to be much of a problem. Hogs and cows are still
transported outside of the island which means that there is still an
excess supply. Fish are sometimes scarce especially during times the sea
is rough. Fishermen, including those from other islands, should not be
allowed to bring their catch to other municipalities unless there is an
oversupply. Methods of preservations should be explored. Power
rationalization should consider the operation of freezers.
foods are additional come-ons to visitors. We should explore other ways so
that fresh vegetables are available. If we can minimize importation of
vegetables from Mindoro, we should.
recipes should be identified such as inaslom and taghilaw. They can always
make tourists’ stay memorable as the bachoy in Iloilo.
folks should also improve on quality. The local nutrition centers should,
from time to time, introduce seminars on how to improve the quality of
food. We have Bantoanon chefs working in hotels and restaurants who can
serve as speakers.
Services. We should try to improve our medical facilities and
services especially those concerning emergency cases. A motorboat
ambulance may be needed so that patients can be brought to Romblon
immediately if the need so arises.
First, we should try to avoid brownouts as what sometimes happen during
the Holy Week. Power should be rationalized. To distribute the loads, a
new time scheme should be introduced – maybe one to two hours during the
day for laundry or ironing or other household chores so that the townsfolk
would not do these chores during the regular operating hours of the
generators, thus preventing overloading.
A coordinating office should be put up in Manila. This office will
primarily serve to assist tourists who are going to Banton. This should
also make communication with investors or travel agencies easier and
Other Services. Surely, given good prospects, islanders would put up entertainment centers. Forms of cultural entertainment should be introduced and emphasized – not necessarily during gatherings or formal theatrical activities. For example, a choral group can be formed to perform “harana of local songs” to visitors. Likewise, professional tourist guides need to be trained/developed.
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