Cops to surround Caticlan, Cagban ports

BY BOY RYAN ZABAL

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Passengers embark on a motorboat. Authorities are ensuring the smooth flow of vessels and passengers at ports in Malay, Aklan. AKLAN FORUM JOURNAL

BORACAY – Caticlan and Cagban ports in Malay, Aklan will be teeming with police officers during the last days of Lent.

Tourists bound for Boracay usually come in droves starting Holy Wednesday, Jetty Port Administrator Niven Maquirang said.

The Caticlan port is the entry point for tourists and roll-on, roll-off vessel passengers from Mindoro and Romblon provinces.

Additional security guards and police officers will be on duty 24/7 at the two ports.

The Department of Transportation is also helping ensure the smooth flow of vessels and passengers at the ports through “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos.”

Philippine Coast Guard officers thoroughly inspect passenger ships and pump boats before departure.

A new terminal building at the Cagban port that will cater to Aklan and Boracay locals was opened on April 3.

Security plans in the island are in place, according to Senior Inspector Jess Baylon of the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center.

“Policemen and other (law enforcement) units are on alert and ready for any untoward incident,” said Baylon. (With Aklan Forum Journal/PN)