THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will put a police station on Boracay Island in preparation for its opening on October 26, 2018 after its rehabilitation for six months.
Western Visayas police director Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said the PNP expects the influx of tourists that will be visiting the island during its opening.
He said the PNP will provide enough number of personnel who were trained to be tourist-oriented through the Tourist Oriented Policing Concept.
He said that before, only a Boracay police precinct was assigned to guard the island and to be able to secure more number of tourists but the PNP decided to make it a police station.
This will mean that more number of policemen will be guarding the island.
Bulalacao said the PNP will also assign members of SWAT and Civil Disturbance Management Unit during the opening as they also expect a protest rally.
Aside from the Boracay Police Station, there are three more police precincts in the island.
Bulalacao said, as of press time, the PNP Regional Police Office (PRO) 6 continues to coordinate and communicate with the stakeholders for the opening of the island.
It can be recalled that the Island was closed to tourists last April 26 to give way for the six- month rehabilitation period.
“Matatandaang isinara sa mga turista ang Boracay noong April 26 para bigyang daan ang anim na buwang “recovery period”.
Bulalacao said as part of the preparation, a collaboration with other government agencies, re- orientation of business owners and security providers will be done to ensure that adequate security needs will be met.
He added that the PNP, in coordination with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is also working out for the construction of billeting faclities for its personnel assigned in the island.
“As RD PRO6, I assure everyone that we remain on top of the situation and that all efforts are systematically being laid out for a much improved, environmentally compliant and secure paradise island of Boracay,” Bulalacao said.