PNP UNITS IN BORACAY REVAMPED
LON VISAYAS OCOTOBER 29, 2018
BORACAY, Aklan – The reopening of this island resort today, Oct 26, 2018, after six months of rehabilitation will also see the restructuring of PNP units assigned here.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albaylde announced on Thursday, October 25, that they have restructured the police units deployed in Boracay Island and in mainland Malay “to deal with the anticipated heavy influx of tourist arrivals upon the formal opening.
The move aims to create seamless but contiguously defined areas of jurisdiction under the Malay Municipal Police Station, which is manned by 413 personnel.
“Along with the rebirth of Boracay, we are proud to showcase a completely overhauled security system in peace and order program that will address the perennial issues and concerns that we have experienced the previous local tourism operations prior to the six-month rehabilitation work since April,” he said.
The new unit has its own headquarters strategically located within Boracay Island with frontline police services provided by five police sub-stations in barangays Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak in Boracay; and in Caticlan and Poblacion Malay in the mainland.
The station has tactical maneuverability with its own 122 strong mobile units with boat, sea, and land mobile assets.
Albayalde said the Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) will also provide tactical support to Malay MTPS through its 2nd Police Mobile Force Company.
An inter-agency committee headquarters stationed in Cagban Port area was tasked to provide the point of coordination in the whole-of-government approach to arising situational conditions.
Albayalde said the role of the Malay MPS is to provide the muscle to enforce all ordinances, rules and regulations implemented by the local and national government agencies in Metro Boracay.
These include regulations on border control, tourist and residents arrivals, sea and land traffic, resort operations, and environmental protection.
He also cited the strict implementation of daily tourist population in Boracay, which should not exceed 6,405, the maximum daily tourist capacity set by the Provincial Tourism Office.
Further, to cope with the varied sea conditions due to weather factors and seasonal monsoons, alternate ports will accommodate both traffic arriving into the island from Malay mainland to ferry tourists, residents, and workers.
Albayalde made the pronouncement before the capability demonstration exercises staged by different security groups.
The exercises included personnel from the Metro Boracay Police Task Force (MBPTF), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) – Western Visayas, Task Force Spear, and technical and volunteer groups.
Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay, MBPTF commander, said the demonstration activity aims to ensure that they are ready to address the security and safety needs of Boracay.
The units responded to scenarios on drowning, bomb threat and bombing, kidnapping and active shooting in maritime interdiction, hostage-taking, aerial search and rescue, and fire fighting.
Cambay said Boracay’s reopening today marks the culmination of months of preparation to ensure the island’s preparedness.
When Boracay was ordered close on April 26, he said MBPTF faced a gargantuan task of ensuring that no major incident will happen in the island and reduce crime incidents.
It was also their aim to ensure a peaceful and orderly rehabilitation and delivery of social services, smooth implementation of closure guidelines, and increase the confidence level of the stakeholders.
Cambay said “the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Philippine Coast Guard have accomplished our mission.”
“Now, the MBPTF is ready to its next task: to realize the vision of world class and highly capable tourist and environment oriented Boracay police force responsive to current and emerging situation and security challenges,” he added.