Anti-drug drive helps clear ranks of Boracay tourism frontliners

Anti-drug drive helps clear ranks of Boracay tourism frontliners

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — The anti-drug campaign implemented in this resort island, including in mainland Malay, is helping clear the ranks of the tourism frontliners here, an official of the Malay Municipal Tourism Office said.

Noting that majority of the drug surrenderers in Malay and Boracay are working in the tourism sector, Felix delos Santos, chief tourism operations officer of Malay in an interview Wednesday, said the anti-drug program will discourage tourism frontliners from engaging on illegal drugs.

Of the 235 drug surrenderers in Malay, 144 are from Boracay.

“We discourage our tourists and tourism frontliners to get involved in drugs,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Delos Santos encouraged drug surrenderers to continue in their “reformation” program and go back to their jobs.

Delos Santos also emphasized that the successful anti-drug operation and campaign is a good indicator for tourists to consider Boracay as their destination.

“It helps boost the tourism image of Boracay in terms of peace and order and security,” Delos Santos said, adding that by eliminating drugs, “peace and order in the island is maintained.”

Delos Santos also stressed drug surrenderers are always open to work in the tourism sector.

Meanwhile, the 235 drug surrenderers in Malay will undergo a six-month community-based rehabilitation program which will be spearheaded by the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council composed of different government agencies. (Karen V. Bermejo/PNA)

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