Western Visayas cops ready for Boracay reopening

June 15, 2020

ILOILO CITY – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 (Western Visayas) is prepared for the reopening of the world-famous Boracay Island on June 16.

Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, PRO-6 director, said in a statement on Saturday that security preparations have been set to welcome local tourists.

Boracay’s inter-agency task force has approved the reopening of the popular beach destination to Western Visayas travelers.

"We are now ready to secure Boracay Island but we will ensure strict implementation of protocols and guidelines established by the inter-agency task force," Pamuspusan said, noting that they recently established the Boracay Operation Command Center with 25 CCTVs to centralize security measures and monitor the area on top of regular police visibility.

He added that the Malay municipal police, in coordination with other law enforcement and emergency response team, also conducted a series of training sessions in preparation for the opening and implementation of the health protocols for the new normal.

On Thursday, the local police also launched the “e-Reklamo” to reduce the people's risk of exposure to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“(The) Malay Municipal Police Station is now accepting complaints without having you to physically appear in the police station. Just login to your Facebook account and reach us through our Facebook Messenger,” the police said in its advisory.

The PRO-6 also reminded the public that local tourists below 21 years old and above 60 years old are still prohibited from visiting the island.

The regional police appealed for the public’s cooperation and discipline amid the threat posed by the pandemic. (PNA