Security forces eye Boracay White Beach as “disciplined zone”

Security forces eye Boracay White Beach as “disciplined zone”

The 4-kilometer White Beach of Boracay is seen to be become a model of a disciplined tourism zone.

To do this, members of the Metro Boracay Task Force will launch the activity dubbed as “Battle of the Front Beach” on February 21.

The activity is part of the launching of the new strategy of the MBTF in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Malay and the interagency task force in implementing the rules and regulations of the island.

According to PSupt. Ryan Manongdo, MBPTF ground commander, the new project dubbed as BESST or Boracay Enhanced Security Strategy and Tactics aims to impose the strict implementation of the island ordinances as part of its continued rehabilitation.

Manongdo noted that despite the strict warning from authorities since the reopening last October, cases of littering, smoking and drinking in prohibited areas continue to exist.

Existence of ambulant vendors, sex workers and unauthorized business transactions also persist, he added.

However, these cases are expected to decrease if not stopped through BESST, said Manongdo in an interview with the media recently.

With the creation of BESST, a regular roving team will be assigned at the White Beach starting February 21 to ensure the strict implementation of local ordinances, Manongdo said.

The roving team will be composed of members of the MBTF, enforcers from the Malay Auxiliary Police, Tourism Regulatory and Enforcement Unit and beach guard who are under the LGU-Malay.

He said the police officers who will be part of the roving team will be equipped with action cameras to ensure that their operation is transparent.

The personnel from the LGU will meanwhile be assigned in issuing tickets for violators.

They will also undergo trainings before their deployment, Manongdo clarified.

Manongdo said a weekly evaluation will be conducted to monitor the number of violators and to gauge the success of the project.

He said the project’s phase I will include only the White Beach.

Manongdo said the project will also be replicated for the main roads of Boracay for Phase II, and the rest of the island for the Phase III.

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