The provincial government of Bohol is working on a plan to rehabilitate Alona Beach, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Panglao.
The plan, which will be executed in partnership with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), aims to improve the beach’s condition and amenities. The project is estimated to cost around P100 million, according to reports released on January 23, 2024.
The rehabilitation plan will include the following measures:
- Repairing the seawall to prevent further erosion and damage
- Preserving the natural sand and soil of the beach
- Protecting the trees that provide shade and beauty to the area
- Allocating spaces for ambulant vendors to cater to the tourists’ needs
Several officials from the Capitol met with the TIEZA representatives to finalize the plan.
The plan will also complement the proposed sewage treatment plant (STP) that will treat the wastewater generated by the residents and businesses in Panglao. The STP project is supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which has also offered to help Bohol with STPs for Tagbilaran City and Dauis.
The rehabilitation plan is expected to boost Panglao’s tourism industry, which may also pose challenges to the town’s ecological balance. Panglao is projected to attract more tourists this year, as it was featured in the trending destinations list of Agoda and Booking.com.