Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ordinance to regulate helmet diving in Malay, tackled at SP Aklan

Posted May 22, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas

The Provincial Council or SP Aklan has invited the proponent of the ordinance that will regulate helmet diving in the municipality of Malay.

According to SP Aklan a thorough discussion is needed for this matter particularly for the island of Boracay where Reef Walking and Helmet Diving are usually conducted.

The said ordinance was first proposed at the Municipal Council of Malay and aims to regulate helmet diving especially in Boracay for the safety of the tourists and to protect the marine environment.

It was previously learned that 3 out of 10 helmet diving activity in the island does not follow the ordinance implemented by the LGU Malay.

Boracay Life Guard Supervisor Miguel “Mike” Labatiao had also earlier said that there are indeed those who are not abiding by the rules and are conducting the mentioned activity in prohibited areas where anchors being used causes destruction of coral beds.

For this reason, the LGU Malay will not allow helmet diving activities unless they comply with all the requirements and will be given a permit.

The said ordinance states the designated areas of operation for reef walking or helmet diving and orders penalty for violators.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

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