Friday, September 27, 2013

Boracay PNP, ensures continuous operation amid difficulties in facilities

Written by Christy Dela Torre

Passion and commitment

This is what inspires the members of the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) amid the difficulties they are undergoing with their facilities.

It was learned that BTAC’s electric supply is sometimes cut off during heavy downpours as rainwater would drip into the cables.

This in turn affects their use of computers, particularly the encoding of blotter reports.

The water is also seeping through the station’s second floor because of a poor pipeline installation, while people going in at BTAC has no choice but to use their dysfunctional comfort room.

In line with this, according to Boracay PNP Chief Police Senior Inspector Joefer Cabural, they have already asked for assistance from the higher headquarters in order for the said problem to be fixed.

Cabural however stressed that this is not an obstacle in delivering an appropriate service for the people in Boracay.

Their passion and commitment he said are what pushes them to be of duty wholeheartedly.

For the meantime, the BTAC is doing all that it can for their operation to go on smoothly, while waiting for their request for assistance to be granted.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Police in Boracay, enforced for the arrival of Cruise Ship on October

Written by Jay-ar Arante

It is in need to enforce the police in Boracay, for the arrival of Cruise Ship this upcoming October.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores confirmed the said arrival on a meeting held at the Governor’s Office in Kalibo, together with the stakeholders of Malay and Boracay,.

According to him, the security of the travelers in the Superstar Gemini going to the Island is a must.

The Police and the Red Cross Officers’ presence should be in the area wherein the tourist will drop by.

Including this, each road where they will pass by will be deployed.

Miraflores added, because the police forces in Boracay aren’t enough, Police taskforce from Kalibo will be add-on  during that date.

He also told to Boracay PNP Chief PS/ Inspector Joeffer Cabural, in case of need, he will be helping.

Therefore, in his statement he doesn’t want unto wards incidents to happen during the visitation of Superstar Gemini for the reason that the safety of the passengers of this will be at hand.

Translated by Carla Suñer

Diving schools in Boracay, to be investigated by the town council of Malay

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The alleged poor service of diving schools in the Island of Boracay will be put under investigation by the Town Council of Malay.

In the privilege hour during the Town Council session on Tuesday, September 24, Town Council Member Jupiter Gallenero said that he had received complaints about dive shops that use low quality engine refill oxygen compressor.

According to Gallenero, there is a bad effect to the body if low quality compressor is used in diving activity and the diver that uses the equipment will have difficulty in breathing.

It was also learned that diving shops only have compressors refilled, therefore, it is not certain that such compressors are safe to use.

Meanwhile, the Councilmen will call operators and officials of all diving schools of Boracay for a committee hearing on Monday, September 30.

A breathing air compressor system is used by divers in sea diving.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Gun ban on the upcoming election, ready for implementation

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The gun ban for the upcoming Village election on October 28, is ready for implementation.

City Comelec Officer, Atty. Jose Villanueva will strictly implement the gun ban which will start on Saturday, September 28.

During the gun ban, the permit to carry of firearms outside the residence will be suspended, and only those who got a Comelec gun ban exemption are allowed to carry a gun.

Atty. Villanueva reminded the public to follow the rules in order not to have regrets.

Meanwhile, the Aklan Provincial Police Office (APPO) is ready for the forthcoming election.

According to APPO Public Information Officer P03 Nida Gregas, they will put up tighter security.

Gregas added that drinking of alcohol and carrying anything that can kill during the gun ban will be met with severe punishment based on the directive of the Comelec.

Gregas also appealed to the public to follow the law of PNP and Comelec for a peaceful election.

The gun ban is expected to end on November 12, 2013.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Thursday, September 26, 2013

OPVET and Malay Health Office, ensured to stop entry of fake meats in Aklan

Written by Carla Suner

No fake meats from China and Korea will be entering the Province of Aklan.

This is what the Malay Health Office and the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian has assured after reports of fake meats from other countries have circulated.

According to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Ma. Cyrose Leen Mabel Cinel, they haven’t recorded any entry of the said fake meats in Aklan.

This is because even if there are plans to bring in the product into the province, it will be immediately quarantined.

Meanwhile, the MHO assures the public not to worry as the government assigned agencies are working carefully in order to protect the health and safety of Aklanons.

Tanslated by Shelah Casiano

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Illegal Tour Guides and Commissioners in Boracay reminded by TREU

Written by Jay-ar Arante

Tourism Regulations Enforcement Unit (TREU) reminds the local and foreign tour guides and commissioners in Boracay.

According to the TREU Head Wilson Enriquez, although they weren’t a part of his league, they must still follow the rules implemented by the LGU Malay.

He said, that it is a need for them to register in order to get a precise permit and that the monitoring will be on going and whenever they fail to comply with the requirements, they will be subjected for penalty.

Enriquez added, that there are plenty of foreign tour guides and commissioners that are not yet having a Municipal Permit.

Therefore, they are reminded to follow the law in order to be fair enough to others.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Harassment and stealing by lady boys in Boracay, chastised by their fellow lady boys

Written by Bert Dalida

The stealing and harassment by lady boys in Boracay was chastised by their fellow lady boys.

According to a lady boy whose identity was hidden in the name “Charry,” the modus operandi is destructive to the image of Boracay.

“Charry” added that the actions of their fellow lady boys towards tourists got their group enmeshed that is why authorities are also irritated towards them.

Although “Charry” admitted they sometimes chase foreigners in order to catch customers, “Charry” pointed out that they do not harass and steal from tourists.

Lady boys in Boracay, who repeatedly steal from and victimize foreigners when midnight and the dawn arrive, are considered headaches by authorities.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Tree Planting at Vegetation Area, to be launched by BFI

Written by Bert Dalida

The Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI) is set to conduct a Tree Planting Activity at Boracay’s vegetation area this coming Saturday.

This is in line with BFI’s goal to restore the Island’s natural beauty.

With this, the Boracay Foundation is inviting all the establishments at the front beach to support the cause, by giving way, as the group conducts the planting of coconut trees.

Its volunteers, including the LGU-Malay, are expected to mark the said Saturday as another historic event in the island through cooperation.

The BFI added that representatives or employees from each establishment who will show their support will be a huge contribution to the mentioned Tree Planting Activity.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Heavy Traffic at Caticlan on Sunday, Annoyed Motorists

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The heavy traffic at Caticlan on Sunday, September 22 due to a road construction, long lines of large vehicles and strong rain, annoyed motorists.

The traffic almost lasted for an hour where there were long lines of large vehicles that were about to board the RORO at Caticlan Jetty Port.

Another cause of the heavy traffic was the strong rain and a road construction at the vicinity.

The heavy traffic, which does not usually occur at the area, disappointed motorists.

On the other hand, passengers of some vehicles were annoyed because of the very slow traffic.

Included in the annoyed passengers were tourists who were in a hurry to catch their flights at Caticlan and Kalibo airports.

The traffic started at the boundary of the town of Malay and Nabas going to Caticlan Jetty Port and Tambisaan Port.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Monday, September 23, 2013

Supposed new thieving modus, confirmed by Boracay PNP

Written by Bert Dalida

Attention to all hotels and resorts in Boracay Island.

The Boracay PNP has confirmed that a new modus is being used by burglars and or robbers.

This is in relation to an incident at a hotel in Baranggay Balabag last night.

Based on the investigation of the Boracay PNP, the supervisor of the said hotel reported that at around 10pm last night, two individuals - both males - went into their establishment and inquired about their lowest room rate.

One of the suspects was accompanied to look at the room while the other stayed at the reception area.

Meanwhile, suspect 1 left his bag inside the room after having the supervisor believe they are taking it.

By the time they are back at the reception area, suspect two was no longer there, suspect 1 then alibis that the former may have gone to some disco bars and left to follow.

The supervisor then later found out that their built-in laptop was missing from the reception desk, its cord was severed.

The authority believes that this is a new modus after discovering that the suspects left the bag, containing what appeared to be stolen clothes, in exchange to the ripped off laptop.

Translated by Shelah Casiano