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More casino proponents file applications

BY JUN AGUIRRE

BORACAY — More resorts in this resort island have expressed their intent of operating a casino here.

In January, the Malay Council endorsed the proposed operation of the Fairways and Country Club here.

The Fairways, however, has yet to get accreditation papers from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR).

“The Fairways is proposing to operate the casino by means of club membership,” said Malay Councilor Welbec Gelito, chair of the Committee on Games and Amusement.

“The Malay Council is interested to pursue casino operation in Boracay because it wanted to help the indigents of Malay to uplift their lives through revenues generated from the gaming facility,” he said.

On Thursday’s committee hearing in the Malay Council, the Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center and the La Carmela Resort has separately filed notices of intent in operating a casino here.

Also, Paradise Resort reportedly plans to file its intent in running a casino.

Atty. Freddie Villamor, representing the Crown Regency Resort, said they are proposing to the Council the experimentation of the so-called casino junket operation here.

“The casino junket operation is only for foreign-passport holders and should pre-book themselves from their country of origin before they will be scheduled to play casino in our resort,” said Villamor.

The Malay Council is currently studying the proposal of Crown Regency.

Boracay is considered a special case for casino gaming in the country.

PAGCOR, however, is reportedly very strict in terms of accrediting potential casino operators in this resort island.

At least 27 areas in the country have casinos. (PNA)

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With approval of a casino at Fairways the door for more casinos is wide open and cannot be stopped anymore. First it's 'only' foreigners and upon registration, later it will be regular casinos and even a cheap beach resort will be able to put up one or two slot machines. With their greed the town council has opened the doors wide for 'official' gambling.

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Yes Bura....that is correct. In my humble opinion, this decision is the most significant decision that will change or negatively impact Boracay more than any other decision or policy that has been made during my years of connection to Boracay..........whatever is said about foreigners only is only lip service to get the place open. Later the impact on the island will be felt for sure.....not only economically, but socially and in terms of island crime.

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carnt see the problem with having 1 myself. All filipions gamble anyway in private houses so whats the different. When they lose there they dont go out stealing so why if they lost in a casino would they?dare say they gamble alot more at the cock fighting then they would in a casino. Dont think that many locals would go anyway as carnt see the casino letting them play tonget.

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What a simple way to look at things, jonnybora!

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Business group joins opposition to casinos on Boracay

Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 22:58:00 03/18/2011

Filed Under: Gaming & Lotteries, Tourism & Leisure

ILOILO CITY—A group of business owners on Boracay Island has joined the opposition to plans of putting up a casino on the popular island-resort because of its perceived effects on the image of the island.

Loubelle Cann, president of the Boracay Foundation Inc. (BFI), said majority of their organization’s board of directors were against the plan to allow casinos on the island.

“We believe that allowing casinos to operate in Boracay will eventually affect the image of the island as a family-oriented and wholesome destination,” Cann told the Inquirer in a telephone interview on Thursday.

The BFI is a group of around 200 operators of resorts, restaurants, hotels and other businesses on the island.

The municipal council of Malay, which has jurisdiction over Boracay, passed a resolution on Jan. 25 endorsing the proposal of Cariño Development Management Corp. (CDMC) to build a casino at the 120-hectare Fairways and Bluewater Resort Golf and Country Club at the northern end of the 1,032-hectare island.

The council said the casino would bring additional revenues to the municipality that could be used to fund social services and infrastructure projects. It said the casino could also attract more tourists to the island-resort.

The CDMC said in its application letter that the casino would be regulated and would only be accessible to foreign passport holders, foreign tourists, Fairway Club members and the resort’s guests.

But the Catholic faithful on the island and other community leaders are opposing the plan on moral grounds, saying the casino can result to addiction to gambling which could destroy families and businesses and worsen other social problems, including alcoholism, prostitution and illegal drugs.

Cann said the BFI had also opposed attempts to put up a casino on the island two years ago.

She said casinos were usually associated with social problems and would attract tourists who would come to the island primarily to gamble.

Plans to put up a casino in Boracay in 2003 and 2008 were shelved due to opposition from the Church and community groups

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Electronic gaming machines (the 'pokies') are a disaster.

I am most certainly not a 'wowser': most Catholics are not.

However EGMs penalise the small percentage of people who lack the self-discipline to limit their gaming. The damage to this group's families and relationships can be immense.

In Australia, one State - Western Australia - has refused to introduce poker machines. This has been a sensible decision.

Governments quickly become wedde4d to gaming taxes.

For foreigners, Boracay will become less attractive if the 'pokies' arrive.

Leave poker machines to boring Singapore and other Asian cities like Manila and Cebu. Boracay has sufficient natuiral beauty to attract tourists: why does it need the artificiality of a dark room that lures gamblers?

Edited: 28 March 2011, 12:28
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One quick other point: the Catholic Church may not always be correct (for instance I cannot always fathom its opposition in Philippines to many mining projects that if sensibly regulated would be 'sustainable' for the environment but provide many jobs) however with its comments regarding 'gaming', the Church is 100 per cent right.

The Church's army of volunteers will have to 'pick up the pieces' on Boracay if a casino is established.

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Old saying:

" if it ain't broke then don't fix it"

Boracay is booming as it is...

Disaster, if implemented..

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Paved beach path will follow soon afterwards....

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Paved beach path would be disaster number 2 !!! What in the world are they thinking ?

Thomas

Can that even work when the tides would be high or in a storm ?? the concrete would crack and crumble would it not ?