By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) today announced that all security preparations are in place for the nearing closure of the world-famous tourist spot on Thursday.
Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, regional director of the Western Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO-6), led the deployment of the 630-strong police force headed by Senior Supt. Jesus Cambay Jr., Metro Boracay Police Task Force (MBPTF) site task group commander, and a walkthrough around the island.
Binag said the walkthrough was organized to orient members of the media on the systems, procedures and protocols in implementing the guidelines for the six-month closure of the island.
During the closure, Binag said the PNP, in coordination with the other law enforcement agencies, will implement the “one entry, one exit point,” “no ID, no entry” and other pertinent laws to ensure a peaceful, orderly and fast rehabilitation and delivery of social services in the island. The exit and entry points in the island will be established at the Caticlan Jetty Port.
After the briefing at the Caticlan Jetty Port, Binag led the tour to the outer and inner border control points outside and inside the island to see the actual deployment of personnel.
“Everything is all set. We have everything covered and we are ready,” Binag said.
“On crime situation, records show that the crime environment of Boracay has immensely improved during the first quarter along with the deployment of MBPTF. Even after the announcement of the closure on April 4, the eight focus crimes decreased week in and week out,” he said.
The regional director, meanwhile, appealed to the public for their cooperation and support for the smooth, orderly and peaceful closure of the Boracay Island.
It can be recalled that President Duterte ordered for the rehabilitation of the Boracay Island, which he called a “cesspool,” in February.
Meanwhile, Binag said he would investigate the claims of Senator Panfilo Lacson that there are village officials who are allegedly extorting money from local businesses in exchange for IDs to nonresidents.