Mayor backs declaration of state of calamity in Boracay

Joyce Ann Clavecillas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2018 03:21 PM

BORACAY ISLAND - The mayor of the town covering this island on Wednesday expressed his support for President Rodrigo Duterte's intended declaration of a state of calamity.

Malay, Aklan Mayor Ceciron Cawaling said he believes the declaration would benefit the island.

"Siyempre and Presidente ang nagsabi ng statement of calamity, susundin natin kung alin ang ikagaganda ng isla--kasi yun ang purpose niya, na pagandahin at ibalik ang ganda ng isla," he told ABS-CBN News.

The President on Tuesday said he is set to declare a state of calamity in Boracay due to the sorry state of the popular tourist destination. 

The President recently described Boracay, famous for its powder-like sand, as a “cesspool” due to the island’s dysfunctional sewerage system. 

On Wednesday, the voluntary demolition of stalls with the local government of Aklan continued, with more than 30 structures dismantled for violating the 25+5 easement rule and sanitary regulations.

The local government of Malay said it has no definite plans for affected business owners and their employees. 

Cawaling said affected residents may visit their Public Employment Service Office to check for available jobs.

Some residents who work in the island said establishments that do not follow the rules should be closed and not the entire island.