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Election 2016: Agenda of the Malay mayor

/ 12:03 AM April 30, 2016
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Profile: Malay town, Aklan province

Malay town in Aklan province lies on the northwestern tip of Panay Island. Three of its 17 villages are on the world-famous Boracay Island, the country’s prime tourist destination. Barangay Caticlan in Malay, where a jetty port and an international airport catering  mostly to tourists are located, is the jump-off point to Boracay, known for its powdery  white sand and vibrant night life.

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Region: Western Visayas

Province: Aklan

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Founded: June 15, 1949

Barangay: 17

Area: 66 square kilometers

Population: 45,811 (2010)

Density: 690 per square kilometer

Class: First-class municipality

CONCERN 1: OVERDEVELOPMENT

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Unregulated development is a major concern in Boracay. What should be done to protect the environment?

Ciceron Cawaling (Nacionalista Party)

  • Stop construction in the remaining forested areas especially in Barangay Yapak, a bat habitat.
  • Coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in implementing laws … so there will be a balance between development and environmental protection.

John Yap (Liberal Party)

  • Implement ordinances and laws especially on building construction, 30-meter easement and ban on smoking along the beach.
  • Ensure campaigns on environment are supported by volunteers and residents.
  • Make Boracay (clean-up) Day a non-working holiday.

CONCERN 2: MIGRATION

Boracay’s population has ballooned because of migrants and workers hired by business establishments, straining the island’s carrying capacity. How will you stop migration while maintaining the workforce?

Cawaling

  • Business establishments, especially the big ones, will be required to put up housing facilities on the mainland for their own employees so migration will be reduced.
  • A workers’ identification (ID) system should be implemented  to identify those coming to work here. The IDs should have expiration dates.

Yap

  • Support the building of a bridge connecting Boracay and the mainland to help address the population problem. We cannot force anyone to move but we need big players to invest [in the project].

CONCERN 3: ILLEGAL DRUGS

How will you address the problem of illegal drugs?

Cawaling

  • Convene the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council to mobilize officials in the campaign against drug users and pushers.
  • Ensure involvement of all sectors in anti-drug campaigns.

Yap

  • Strengthen the Boracay Action Group as a volunteer group to help police and other government agencies.
  • Invite business operators to support volunteers.
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