Saturday, May 24, 2014

Human skeletons discovered in Boracay last week, under SOCO’s investigation

Posted May 23, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas

Authorities have yet to determine the identities of the human skeletons found in Boracay last week.

According to the Boracay PNP, the said remains are still under the investigation of Scene of the Crime Operative (SOCO).

It was earlier reported that two construction workers at a certain construction site at Sitio Cagban Manoc-manoc discovered the first set of skull and bones, which was followed by the discovery of another skeleton the day after.

At the moment the SOCO team is conducting a medico legal examination and there are no results yet.

Meanwhile, it was learned that the said location used to be a hotel in the island.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Dilemma regarding drunken commissioners, to be tackled by MAP

Posted May 23, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

The Malay Auxiliary Police (MAP) will be tackling the problem involving drunken commissioners.

According to MAP Deputy Chief Rodito Absalon Sr., they have been receiving complaints regarding the improper dealings of a number of commissioners.

And one of those complaints was raised to them by Boracay residents themselves and it involves few commissioners who are still making transactions despite being drunk.

It would indeed be discomforting if they deal with tourists while they under the influence of or smelling like alcohol.

Meanwhile, Absalon said that they continue to confiscate brochures from the said commissioners, particularly those who are not accredited Tourist Guides by the Municipal Tourism Office (MTour) to prevent them from taking advantage of tourists.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

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

Friday, May 23, 2014

Participants on Longest Massage Chain in Boracay, to given a Certificate of Recognition

Posted May 22, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

A Certificate of Recognition will be given to those who participated in the Longest Massage Chain in Boracay.

This has been confirmed by the Malay Municipal Tourism Office (MTour) which was also agreed before the Boracay Day Celebration was started last week.

According to MTour the certificate wasn’t immediately handed because most of the participants headed home early, and some are yet to be printed.

Meanwhile, aside from that of the LGU Malay, certificates from the Department of Health (DOH) are also expected.

Others who have joined the said activity have already visited the MTour Office in Barangay Balabag to get their Certificates of Recognition.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Resolution to recognize groups of S/Supt. Nacion and PSInspector Salvo, approved by SB Malay

Posted May 22, 2014
Written by Jay-Ar Arante

The SB Malay has approved in its 2nd and final reading the resolution that acknowledges the groups led by Senior Superintendent Samuel Nacion and Police Senior Inspector Mark Evan Salvo.

This is in line with the mentioned officers’ effort of pursuing and apprehending individuals who are involved in illegal activities in Boracay, particularly drug pushers.

During the SB Session last Tuesday, the matter was again tackled on their Calendar of Business, Business of the Day 2nd & Final Reading.

The SB Malay is also identifying other personalities who will be given recognition aside from Senior Supt. Nacion of the Aklan Provincial Police Office and Chief PSInspector Salvo of BTAC.

SM Member Gallenero headed the passage of the resolution that will recognize the works that aims to put an end to illegal drug activities in Boracay.

The authorities meanwhile are boosting their campaign against illegal drugs.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Malay Municipal Planning Office, calls for support for CLUP 2022

Posted May 21, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

The Municipal Planning Office of Malay is calling for support for the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

During a public hearing on the Revised Ordinance of Malay Wednesday morning, Municipal Planning Officer Alma Beliherdo said that the content of the 10-year CLUP for Malay and Boracay still lies in the hands of Malaynons especially that of Barangay and Municipal leaders.

Beliherdo added that the CLUP will remain just a plan without their support.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Planning Officer clarified that nothing has changed in the content of the said ordinance.

The Council of Malay has again called up for a public hearing to review the Zoning Ordinance after 2 public hearings last year.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

SB Malay looks into purchase of 1 fire truck unit

Posted May 21, 2014
Written by Jay-ar Arante

The Municipal Council of Malay is now looking into a plan of purchasing 1 fire truck unit for Malay.

On a committee report during the SB session Tuesday, Malay Mayor John Yap requests the Committee on Budget and Appropriation to set aside a 3, 229,424.20 peso fund for the fire truck.

The said amount will be obtained from the trust fund under the Municipal Disaster & Risk Reduction Management Fund.

Mainland Malay has no fire truck until now, thus the Mayor is looking forward to this plan for the better of his constituents.

The council agrees on the plan, this however needs a looking into to ensure its outcome.

Previously a fire incident occurred at Brgy. Nabaoy and the fire truck unit of Trans Air in Caticlan Airport was called to help.

The Mayor’s request was set in the calendar for final and second reading on the next SB Session.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Public Hearing for Revised Zoning Ordinance in Malay, to kick off Wednesday

Posted May 20, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

A Public Hearing for the Revised Zoning Ordinance in Malay will be conducted Wednesday.

According to Sangguniang Bayan Secretary Concordia Alcantara, the status of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Malay will also be tackled.

The said public hearing will be attended by the Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI), Boracay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Barangay Captains in the municipality of Malay.

The CLUP had been submitted by the SB Malay to the Provincial Council of Aklan, particularly to the Provincial Land Use Committee (PLUC) for almost a year now.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Different organizations joined Aklan Brigada Eskwela's first day

Posted May 20, 2014
Written by Jay-ar Arante

Various organizations in Aklan have joined together for the opening of the yearly Brigada Eskwela yesterday.

This is in line with the annual cleanup being conducted at schools in the province as preparation for the class opening in June.

According to DepEd Education Program Supervisor Mary Ann Salazar, a kick off ceremony was held yesterday and was started with a parade in Kalibo which was joined by the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP, private sectors, teachers and parents.

Salazar added, after the ceremony the mentioned groups worked alongside in cleaning, painting, and repairing armchairs and the classrooms.

Meanwhile, Aklan Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Jesse M. Gomez goes around visiting campuses in the province to see what preparations have been done.

This year’s Brigada Eskwela, which will last for a week, has a theme “Ensuring disaster preparedness and Safety in Schools.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Boracay and Malay Haulers’ Cooperative, still yet to talk with Aklan Governor Miraflores

Posted May 20, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

Members of Boracay and Malay Haulers’ Cooperative have yet to talk with Aklan Governor Florencio “Joeben’ Miraflores.

This is in line with their appeal to the Aklan Provincial Government to provide them with enough aggregates and or sands in Boracay.

They previously expressed that they were not convinced with the word given to them by Engr. Leo PareƱa of the Aklan Provincial Government, that they will be given enough supply of sands though they only have one supplier.

Meanwhile, according to the Cooperative, they might have a conversation with the governor within this week if they will be a given a schedule.

Translated by  Shelah Casiano

Classrooms at Boracay National High School, cleaned and painted anew on first day of Brigada Eskwela

Posted May 19, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

Students of Boracay National High school will surely be glad once they return for the school opening this June.

This is as classrooms were cleaned and painted anew on the first day of “Brigada Eskwela” Monday.

Parents, BNHS Teachers and volunteers worked alongside for the cleanup inside the classrooms as well as the whole campus.

Members of the Boracay PNP and Public Assistance for Rescue, Disaster and Support Service (PARDSS) also helped in clearing and painting the higher portion of the classrooms.

According to Brigada Eskwela Coordinator and Balabag Elementary School Adviser Mrs. Laarni Casidsid they are grateful to all those who came and continues to encourage others who wants to help for the school to be ready for the opening.

Aside from Boracay PNP, other groups that joined in for Brigada-Eskwela were Boracay Water, Barangay Balabag Officials, and Yes FM Boracay.

The Brigada Eskwela will last until Saturday.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Boat, sank between Barangay Yapak and Hambil

Posted May 19, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

A boat was reported to have sunk between Barangay Yapak and Hambil at around 10am Sunday.

According to the report, the victims were traveling back to Boracay when one of the boats, operated by a certain “Jeeboy” capsized.

He was immediately rescued by his father who was on another boat and was told to get help from Boracay for the boat to be retrieved.

The PNP Maritime Group and Bantay Dagat soon arrived to help along with other boats from Romblon.
The mentioned boats were smaller and are only used as personal service.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Yes FM & Easy Rock Boracay, awarded by LGU Malay

Posted May 19, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

The Local Government of Malay has awarded Yes FM and Easy Rock Boracay.

The said award was gladly received by Yes FM and Easy Rock Boracay Station Manager Alan Palma Sr. on the culmination of the 2014 Boracay Day celebration last night.

On the Awarding ceremony, Malay Chief Tourism Officer Felix Delos Santos said that the two stations have greatly contributed on LGU Malay’s awareness campaign for the protection of Boracay.

Meanwhile aside from Yes FM & Easy Rock other award recipients include volunteers, rescuers and force multipliers, law enforcers and other association in the island.

Translated by Shelah Casiano