It was confirmed by the Chief of the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC), P/Insp. Al Loraine T. Bigay that BTAC was no longer receiving financial support from the national or higher headquarters since December of 2011.
According to Bigay, it is not known whether the monthly support will still be given. The monthly support is meant for the expenses of BTAC’s operation.
Bigay said that for now, they are using the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) from the Regional Office and Local Government of Malay.
The financial assistance that BTAC is receiving from MOOE is being budgeted to make ends meet for BTAC’s daily expenses. He added that because of financial constraints, transportation budget is being affected when they bring a suspect to the prosecutor’s office to the town of Kalibo for formal filing of charges.
In such cases, the Chief said that their personal money is what BTAC uses for transportation expense to accomplish their duty.