The Department of Agriculture (DA) is eyeing to turn the ancestral land of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (BATO) into an agri-tourism site when the island opens in October.
This is according to DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, who was in Boracay on Wednesday.
DA will be providing at least P2 million worth of financial assistance to the 45 members of BATO, also for the members of the Boracay Women Producers Cooperative and fisherfolks of the island.
The DA also pledged to turn a portion of the 2-hectare are of BATo into an agri-tourism destination with a vegetable production area using a solar-powered greenhouse and dairy goat milk parlor.
An organic restaurant and a tribal-inspired hostel is also eyed in the area.
Piñol said it is eyed to open by October 26.
On Wednesday, Piñol also led the distribution of initial 10 units of 20-footer fiberglass boats to the members of the Ati community.
“The directive of the president is to return Boracay to the people of Boracay,” he said.