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FUNDING

Funds are of course needed.

The Municipal Government should try to squeeze some budget in its coffers for this project. Provincial-funded projects should, for the next two years at least, be supportive of this endeavor. It should also try to seek help from the national government and the Department of Tourism for some financial and manpower support.

The umbrella organization should try to seek donations from benevolent Bantoanons. Bantoanons have proven that the Sanrokan Spirit is within them in Balik-Banton, Fiesta and Biniray celebrations. These are basically short-period affairs with short-term returns and benefits. What more with these long-term project that promises long-term returns? The organization, if given authority by the municipal government, should also realize some funds in the accreditation system. Promotional materials may also be a source of funds.

Bantoanons outside of the islands may also start forming up a corporation whose primary purpose is to conduct business in the island. This is one way by which we can pool the resources of Bantoanons. Given a credible leadership, the corporation may be able to pool a huge sum of money. Should Bantoanon investors prove a little jittery, the cooperatives are a good vehicle where we can pool funds. The multi-awarded Banton Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. (BMPCI) may have no second thoughts supporting the project as it is not only going to hike their capital base but it will also benefit their existing business ventures.

Business establishments in Banton who will directly benefit from the project should be convinced to give their share.

COORDINATION WITH OTHER MUNICIPALITIES IN THE PROVINCE

The tourism industry is now being pushed by the provincial government as one of the alternative industries. In the coming Sanrokan 2002, a convention of concerned Romblomanons spearheaded by the Romblon Discussion List - Cultural, Livelihood and Educational Assistance for Romblon (CLEAR), it is pretty much sure that the tourism opportunities will be brought out. Province-wide strategic plans may be developed.

The municipal government and its partner organization or the private sector should be actively involved. We’ll find so much leverage if this becomes a province-wide endeavor.

 

A REMINDER

Paradise it will become to tourists. But it may be paradise lost for the Bantoanons especially the children.  Presently, they frolic in the waters knowing no limits and no boundaries. They swim, they fish, they dive and they boat in the waterworld they know nobody owns. Those freedoms enjoyed by the Bantoanon child should, therefore, not be taken from them.

Special ordinances should be put in place to protect these freedoms. There are no substitutes for these freedoms. These freedoms are one of the reasons why Bantoanons are Bantoanons.  

 

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