ISLAND PARADISE Boracay Island, which continues to draw guests amid the coronavirus pandemic, is the driving force of the financial progress of Malay city in Aklan province, which now aspires to turn into a metropolis. Tourists, like on this photograph taken in December 2019, are anticipated to return in droves as soon as restrictions are eased. —EDRA BENEDICTO
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — Aklan officers are pushing for the cityhood of Malay city, which has jurisdiction over the well-known resort island, Boracay.
The Aklan provincial board handed a decision on Feb. 8 endorsing the conversion of Malay, a first-class municipality, right into a metropolis. It urged Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. to file a invoice on the proposed cityhood of Malay.
The municipal council earlier handed a decision searching for endorsement of the conversion of the city right into a part metropolis.
If a regulation will likely be enacted changing Malay right into a metropolis, it will likely be the primary for Aklan, which has 17 cities, together with the capital Kalibo.
Malay has 17 villages, together with three in Boracay, and is 72 kilometers northwest of Kalibo. It hosts the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Barangay Caticlan, which primarily caters to international and home vacationers certain for Boracay.
The provincial board’s committee on legal guidelines, guidelines and ordinances has decided that Malay met two of the three necessities by the Local Government Code for conversion of a city to a metropolis.
Malay has a mean annual earnings of P165 million for the previous two years, satisfying the required P100 million.
While it doesn’t have the required contiguous land space of at the least 100 sq. kilometers, the committee has decided that the city can nonetheless qualify as a result of it’s composed of two islands and islets. Its inhabitants, nonetheless, is wanting the required 150,000 for a metropolis.
At least 18 nongovernmental organizations are supporting the cityhood of Malay, in accordance with a press assertion launched by the provincial board on Friday.
Aside from the transfer to cityhood, a invoice is pending in Congress for the creation of the Boracay Island Development Authority, a regulatory and administrative physique that can formulate and implement plans and applications with powers to difficulty and revoke permits.
President Duterte ordered the closure of the 1,032-hectare island for six months in April 2018 to endure rehabilitation. The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, via the Boracay Inter-Agency Management Group, is supervising the rehabilitation.
The time period of the duty pressure resulted in May 2020, however the President prolonged it for one more yr on account of unfinished tasks and actions.
—Nestor P. Burgos Jr.

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