Boracay Island is one of the most favorite tourist spot destinations of foreign and locals in the Philippines. The famous beach paradise has roared the world news last year when President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a 6-month closure to the public for rehabilitation.
Although it gained mixed reactions and multiple speculations from the people, it was still proven that the rehabilitation project is needed to preserve the island and make it even more beautiful.
Divided into three barangays, located at the Municipality of Malay, Province of Aklan, Boracay Island is considered as the most precious treasure of the country because of its white sandy beaches, its lifestyle, and personality that makes it an apple to the eye of investment prospects.
A lot of developments have been suggested in the past that would proceed to the urbanization of Boracay.
The recent proposal was submitted by San Miguel Corporation where it plans to connect Caticlan and Boracay via a 3-billion bridge project to make it more accessible and is the possible solution to the island’s fresh water supply, waste, and sewage problems.
It is the question that most Aklanon and particularly Teodorico “Nonong” Haresco Jr., who is eager to oppose any plans for the urbanization of Boracay Island, has in their minds.
Haresco, who will be seeking a congress seat on May 2019’s election representing the 2nd district of Aklan, is devoted in observing any move that will eradicate the beauty of the beach paradise in the Philippines.
A proud Ilonggo and a huge supporter of the microenterprise industry, Haresco served as a representative of the then lone district of Aklan from 2013 to 2016.
Some important facts about Congressman Teodorico “Nonong” Haresco
- A graduate of De La Salle University with honors in the degree of Economics and in Accounting.
- He finished his master’s degree in International Economics at the McGill University in Canada.
- He started the Haresco Trade Specialists Co. and Silver Thread Inc., which exports local capiz shells to Europe.
- He was recognized as the Deutsche Bank banker of the Year in 2005.
- He is the only Visayan and Aklanon to receive the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Businessman of the Year Award in 2007.
- He was People Asia’s Person of the Year of 2008.
- He is acknowledged as one of the Modern Day Filipino Heroes of 2008.
- His company Winsource Solutions Inc. has been a 5-time recipient of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise (MSME)
Haresco is a firm believer that MSME has the ability to uplift the lives of many Filipinos. He used to sell shrimps in Manila which he would purchase from Aklan during his college days. The little start-up to his business turned into a 50-hectare prawn-farming venture catering to big restaurants.
The Congressman believed that hard work is always rewarded. Sharing his personal experiences as an entrepreneur, he encourages every Aklanon to put up their own small business ventures to somehow sustain themselves.
The said initiative will provide more jobs to their communities and help in the development of its socio-economic sector is a vision that Haresco continues to aspire to the province of Aklan.
A vision that might not come true for the three Barangays in the island of Boracay once the bridge project is approved for it will only be putting more money to the pockets of business tycoons and ending the chance for MSMEs to grow and be successful.
Meanwhile, Haresco, also make his own “bridge” in the Congress, he conceptualizes the President’s Bridge Programme (PBP) as a parallel intervention to regular government infrastructure programs. A successful re-engineering model in the Philippines that is now being duplicated in other countries like Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Siberia, and in other parts of Asia.
Background as a Public Servant
As a congressman, Haresco authored and co-authored more than 60 house measures. Here are some of the most notable bills he made:
- A mechanism for the sustainable development and use of the island of Boracay
- An act increasing the bed capacity of Ibajay District Hospital from 25 to 100
- An act granting 1,000 Pesos monthly stipend by way of financial assistance to centenarians
- An act exempting users of electronic vehicles from the payment of road user’s tax
- An act to prescribe nutrition labeling for food products
- An act granting 500 Pesos monthly allowance to barangay police (tanods)
- An act amending the strengthening of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System
- An act to combat abuse and increase penalties for crimes against senior citizens
- An act providing for the establishment of barangay drugstores
- An act penalizing anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, and anti-competitive mergers, establishing the Philippine Fair Competition Commission
- An act empowering the micro, small, and medium enterprises
- An act requiring the mandatory installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on major roads included in routes of public utility vehicles among others
If re-elected, Nonong Haresco said that he’ll focus all his works to a simple 4-point program for Aklan: Health (Kalusugan), Education (Edukasyon), Jobs (Trabaho), and Infrastructure (Imprastraktura).