PNP assures security for reopening of Boracay on Oct. 26
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday assured the public there will be full security for the reopening of Boracay Island on October 26.
Around 600 personnel composed of local police, support units, and officers from other government units have been deployed to ensure the safety of the island, said Police Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Regional Director of the PNP in Western Visayas.
Bulalacao said the Metro Boracay Task Force led by Police Sr. Supt. Jesus Cambay Jr. is now in the final stage of security preparations.
“I assure everyone that we remain on top of the situation and that all efforts are being systematically laid out for a much improved, environmentally compliant, and secure paradise island of Boracay,” he said in a statement.
Bulalacao said the local police have been trained to handle the situation and have received instructions in tourist-oriented operations, digital literacy, lifeguard training, and communication skills enhancement.
There will also be additional equipment such as patrol boats and vehicles while the explosives team and K9 units will be upgraded.
More Community Police Action Centers will also be opened in strategic locations in the island, he said.Boracay hosts an average of 30,000 tourists daily and generates an income of P56 billion per year, the statement read.
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure and rehabilitation of the island on April 26. /ee
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