Thursday, January 8, 2015

Preparations for APEC Summit 2015 in Boracay now in full swing

Posted January 8, 2015
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The Local Government Unit of Malay is thoroughly preparing for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Boracay.

During the 1st Regular Session in Malay this last Tuesday, 2015 APEC Task Group Focal Person and SB Member Rowen Aguirre said that they provided funds for the upcoming ministerial meeting on the island.

Among of these is the repair of Boracay roads and the National road from Kalibo International Airport going to Caticlan, Malay in partnership with the National Government and the Department of Public Works and Hi-ways (DPWH).

As part of the Summit preparation, Aguirre added that they soon to build LED street lights on the island, and several security related meetings with the organizing committee have been made.

It was noted that the LGU Malay continuously have seminars for the upcoming APEC Summit this May that will be attended by over two 2,000 delegates from 21 countries together with their families.

PESO calls Boracay employees to process their PESO ID in Municipal Action Center

Posted January 8, 2015
Written by Gloria Villas

Good news!

Effective last January 5, 2015, all Boracay-based employees and workers whether foreign or local, may begin to process their PESO ID at the Malay Municipal Action Center MPDC Zoning Department.

Employees can look for Hoven Tayco or call hotline numbers at 288-2016 or cellphone numbers 09284135787 or 09177215366 or e-mail at

Meanwhile, requirements for Municipal Tourism Office Endorsement include: FOR AGENCY/ASSN./COOP: Endorsement from Agency/Association/Cooperative. FOR INDIVIDUAL/ESTABLISHMENTS/TRAVEL & OPERATORS: Certification of Employment. FOR FOREIGN TOUR GUIDES: Working Permits/Visa and other related documents, Municipal Tourism Front Liners’ Enhancement Program Certificate (Executive Order No. 011, Series of 2012), Accomplished Municipal Tourism Front liner’s Form/Profile (Municipal Ordinance No. 150, Series of 2002).

Requirements for PESO ID are: Individual Occupational Permit, Local/Foreign Tourist Guide, Coordinator & Escort and Foreign Tour Guide & Coordinators.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Liaisons Officers train for Boracay APEC Summit 2015

Posted January 7, 2015
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

LGU Malay has trained liaisons officers and support staff as part of APEC Summit 2015 liaison service in Boracay.

The liaisons officers for APEC Summit here this May 2015 will undergo more trainings to better prepare them for the event.

The delegation and liaison officers are tasked to help organize the APEC meetings as well as facilitate the needs of the guests.

Thus, the said training is to improve their communication skills along with more than 2,000 delegates from 21 countries who will be attending the Summit in Boracay.

These Liaison Officers include teachers, municipal employees and volunteers who undergo thorough interview before passing as liaison officers.

According to Malay APEC 2015 Task Group Focal Person and SB Member Rowen Aguirre, these are just some of their preparations for the upcoming APEC including security preparations.

Meanwhile, the training for the liaison officers was spearheaded by the Malay LGU in partnership with Boracay Redevelopment Task Force (BRTF) that is also preparing for the APEC 2015 in the island.

DILG, OCD held Integrated Planning Training on Incident Command System in Boracay

Posted January 7, 2015
Written by Gloria Villas

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) opened here yesterday the Integrated Planning Training on Incident Command System.

According to OCD-DND Region VI, Chief Operations Officer Joseph Paul Nogra: “The said training is deliberated for Malay local government units and Boracay   in line with their  goal of ensuring climate change adaptive and disaster resilient communities and in preparation for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2015.”

The planning training was also attended by disaster risk reduction and management officers and stakeholders from the municipalities of Malay and Aklan Province.

Meanwhile, Nogra added that the provincial government of Aklan is now on its 90 percent preparation for the APEC.

Furthermore, He said: “the event aims to assist LGU participants on the formulation or updating of contingency plans conducted few months later for possible disaster risks or hazards in their respective localities and for them to practice what they have learned from their previous training on Geographic Information System (GIS) for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Vulnerability Reduction.”

OCD also coming up with such activity to provide LGUs an effective action and judicious mobilization of resources in response to specific type of disaster or emergency.

The said department emphasized the importance of continuously developing the skills of local leaders or DRRM officers in formulating plans in ensuring a climate change adaptive and disaster resilient communities in Malay especially in the island of Boracay.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Various issues retackled as SB Malay Council resumes regular session

Posted January 6, 2015
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

After a long vacation, the SB Malay Council has resumed their regular session this first Tuesday of the year 2015.

Among the issues expected to be discussed here is the preparation for the upcoming Boracay Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan which will held this coming January 9 to 11, and the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2015 in May.

Sangguniang Bayan of Malay is also scheduled to discuss some projects for the year 2015 on the island of Boracay and the town of Malay including the widening project in the island and the E-trike implementation program.

Meanwhile, as expected, the local officials here will discuss their fund allocations for this year aside from earlier targeted projects for the municipality.

MTour summons Boracay Ati-Atihan 2015 participants

Posted January 6, 2015
Written by Gloria Villas

With more than 20 tribes expected to join this year’s Boracay Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival.

Malay Municipal Tourism Office (MTour) headed by Malay Chief Operations Officer Felix de los Santos held a conference among participants early this morning at Boracay Action Center.

This is to discuss about the final schedules and different proposed activities for the said celebration which will be held on January 9-11, 2015.

In this regard, MTour Officer Gian Kyle Tapian said: “The contest will be divided in 4 categories. These are the Tribal Category, Balik-ati Category, Commercial/Modern category, and the individual Category.”

Meanwhile, on the 9th of January judging for individual category will be held, while in the 10th of January is the judging for the Tribal Category and the 11th of January will be the feast of Sto. Niño.

The Boracay Ati-atihan is also one of the events that attract tourists, the reason why LGU aims to promote this as part of the Philippine’s Tourism Industry and introduced as one of the Filipino cultures.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mtour releases list of activities for 2015 Boracay Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan

Posted January 5, 2015
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The Municipal Tourism Office (Mtour) Malay releases the list of various activities for the three days celebration of 2015 Boracay Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan.

The event will start this Friday with a Barangay, Parishioners and Tourism Front Liners Night.

It will be followed by a Kabataan’s Night on Saturday including the ‘Sad-Sad’, the local term for street dancing or merry making, opening salvo and Hip Hop Dance competition.

While this coming Sunday January 11, 2015 the Boracay Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan will be concluded by a fluvial parade, mass and ‘Sad-sad’ to be followed by the awarding night.

Several tribes from the island of Boracay will be joining the ‘Sad-sad’ to be held along beach area from station 1 to station 3.

Meanwhile, the island of Boracay is only one of the towns in the province of Aklan to celebrate the Ati-atihan.

The town of Kalibo which is the original and the first to celebrate the Ati-atihan will be celebrating the festival which is also known as the "mother of all festivals in the country", on the 3rd Sunday of January.

BRTF preps for busy start to 2015

Posted January 5, 2015
Written by Gloria Villas

Taking time off for the holidays, the Boracay Redevelopment Task Force (BRTF) is preparing for a busy start to the New Year.

This is because away from other issues ang concerns that the island has, together with other offices in the municipality of Malay, BRTF is now preparing for the upcoming Ati-Atihan Festival in Boracay and APEC Summit and as to pay more attention in permits.

BRTF is now also putting up its 2015 plan to promote and protect the Boracay as part of the Tourism Industry in the Philippines.

In addition the said office will also look into different programs implemented by the local government especially on the issue of road widening and building permits.

Meanwhile, it would've been busy for other government offices/departments after the long holiday break.