Aklan - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Aklan


84 travelers denied entry at Malay border checkpoints

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:39 AM

Meanwhile, 9 persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus in Aklan are discharged from hospital


Monitoring of Chinese tourists in Boracay ongoing vs coronavirus

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:52 PM

The Chinese tourists are persons for monitoring and not persons under investigation, showing no flu-like symptoms associated with the Wuhan coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS MONITORING. Background photo by Louie Lapat/Rappler

Chinese tourist, flight crew 'isolated' in Aklan hospital

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) Both patients are under observation and staying at the Dr Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan

ISOLATED. Two patients showing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus are under close monitoring in Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Novel coronavirus scare prompts indefinite class suspension in some Kalibo schools

Jan 30, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The schools are near the government training center currently housing Chinese tourists under observation for exposure to the novel coronavirus

11 Chinese tourists in Aklan under observation for exposure to coronavirus

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Four of them came in close contact with a confirmed case in Hong Kong before flying to Manila, then Boracay, authorities say

PRECAUTION. The Provincial Health Office of Aklan says it is coordinating with the health department and the Bureau of Quarantine in monitoring arriving passengers at ports and airports in the province. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Stay vigilant vs novel coronavirus, PHO-Aklan urges public

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:57 AM

Kalibo gets international flights daily, mostly from Chinese provinces including Wuhan, the center of the novel coronavirus outbreak

DPWH opens 'game changing' bridge project in Kalibo

Jan 17, 2020 - 1:29 PM

The new Kalibo Bridge III is inaugurated just in time for the Ati-atihan festival

photo DPWH

Akelco restores 85% electricity in Aklan, northern Antique 3 weeks after Ursula

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:36 PM

Aklan Electric Cooperative says it has restored power in 122,194 households and establishments in the province

BAYANIHAN. Photo by Aklan Electric Cooperative

Malay town mayor, 10 other officials sued over Boracay pontoon fee

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Noel Cabobos sues Malay acting Mayor Frolibar Bautista and 10 other officials for issuing an executive order requiring watersports operators to collect a fee for using specific pontoons in boat stations 1 and 3 at White Beach

PONTOON COLLECTION FEES? Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Task force orders mayor to stop charging Boracay pontoon fees

Jan 11, 2020 - 5:21 PM

National Task Force Boracay puts on hold the charging of P30 for the use of the pontoon bridge

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Typhoon Ursula prompts Aklan town to suspend total tricycle phaseout in Boracay

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'Nahirapan ang ating mga [e-trikes] na maka-recharge dahil may mga lugar sa isla na wala pang kuryente,' says acting Malay, Aklan Mayor Frolibar Bautista

SUSPENDED. The local government of Malay, Aklan, suspends the total tricycle phaseout in Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal/Rappler

Power restoration in Ursula-hit Aklan eyed on January 25

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The Aklan Electric Cooperative says its initial target was to restore power by February 9

POWER RESTORATION. As of January 8, the Aklan Electric Cooperative says it incurred an initial damage of P94.858 million in the franchise area. File photo from Akelco

Ursula wrath: P1.158 billion damage, 8 dead in Aklan

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:21 PM

97 people are also injured by Typhoon Ursula, which devastated the province in late December

URSULA'S WRATH. Typhoon Ursula leaves a path of destruction in Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Boracay Island still recovering from Typhoon Ursula

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The island resort is facing 3 problems – electric power outages, uncollected garbage and limited fuel

Photo by BFP Malay

Fire breaks out in Boracay before New Year

Jan 01, 2020 - 2:55 PM

A fire officer says strong winds coming from Sibuyan sea fanned the fire and caused the flames to spread quickly

NEW YEAR FIRE. A fire broke out at Sitio Tulubhan in Barangay Manocmanoc in Aklan hours before New Year's Eve. Tulubhan is a fishing community with a handful of resorts on the opposite side of the famous White Beach. Photo by Red Yu/Rappler

Aklan rushes repair of schools damaged by Typhoon Ursula

Jan 01, 2020 - 1:06 PM

DepEd officials are worried as classes are set to open January 6

PHOTO San Roque Elementary School in Malinao, Aklan during the devastation of Typhoon Ursula PHOTO ATIR ADLIH

Typhoon Ursula leaves P65 million damage in Aklan's agriculture

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Heavy losses are recorded in rice, corn, banana, vegetable, and fruit tree plantations. The fisheries sector also takes a hit.

URSULA'S WRATH. The province of Aklan bore the brunt of Typhoon Ursula, which swept across Eastern and Central Visayas on Christmas Eve. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Malay PNP issues travel safety warning for Boracay tourists

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:12 PM

A warning by the Malay police says: 'Avoid having drinks with people you barely know to avoid possibility of date rape or theft. Have good, clean fun with a group to avoid untoward incidents due to intoxication'

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Ursula leaves at least 4 dead, 51 injured in Aklan

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Ursula also leaves P64.402 million in damage to agriculture and P117.995 million in damage to infrastructure in Aklan

LINE DOWN. A power line is damaged by Typhoon Ursula. Photo provided by Akelco,

Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:58 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The provinces of Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Aklan as well as the city of Tacloban, are under a state of calamity due to the trail of destruction left by Typhoon Ursula

The local government unit of Barugo, Leyte said that as of Wednesday, December 25, a total of 1394 houses were partially damaged and 58 houses were totally damaged. There are no recorded in the city casualties. #UrsulaPH Photo from LGU Barugo

Acting Malay mayor pushes total tricycle phase-out in Boracay

Nov 23, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The town of Malay is phasing out all gasoline-powered tricycles by December 31

PHASE OUT. File photo of a tricycle in Boracay. Shutterstock.com

A year after reopening: Rehabilitation of Boracay still ongoing

Oct 26, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Boracay rehabilitation management group says the objective is to restore the former glory of Boracay Island

ARRIVAL. Workers arrive at this side of the port at around 8 am on October 26, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Fire razes over 100 houses in Boracay

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:26 AM

The 3-hour blaze reaches general alarm and destroys homes Sitio Ambulong, Barangay Manocmanoc


Malay town acting mayor declares Boracay a discipline zone

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Frolibar Bautista list achievements of his first 100 days as acting mayor

FIRST 100. Malay acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista reports about his first 100 days in office and his future projects for mainland Malay and Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Aklan mayors urged to enhance security vs African swine fever

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The provincial government hopes the intensified security in seaports and airports, swine production and slaughterhouse facilities in Aklan will protect the local hog market

Aklan imposes 90-day ban on live pigs, pork products

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Like in other provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao, Aklan blocks entry of live hogs and pork products from Luzon and other ASF infected countries


Family mourns death of Boracay paddler

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Mabait siya na anak. Tinanggap na namin ang nangyari, hindi naman natin ito kagustuhan,' says the mother of Mark Vincent Navarrete, one of the 7 confirmed casualties in a drowning incident in Boracay Island

RESCUE. The Philippine Coast Guard rescues members of Boracay Dragon Force Team whose boat capsized in Boracay waters on September 25, 2019. Photo from PCG

Fire hits Kalibo public market

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The initial cost of damage is pegged at P35 million. No casualties are reported.

A four-hour fire that razed market stalls inside the Kalibo public market in Kalibo, Aklan early Sunday morning, September 15, was declared out at 11:37 a.m. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Dengue death toll in Aklan rises to 20

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:53 PM

So far, there are 4,680 cases of dengue recorded by the Provincial Health Office of Aklan

AVOID MOSQUITO BITES. The DOH issues a warning against mosquito-borne diseases. Graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Aklan lawmaker aims to upgrade Ibajay District Hospital, increase bed capacity

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The aim is to upgrade Ibajay District Hospital's facilities and allow for 200 beds, up from just 25

UPGRADE. Background photo and logo of Ibajay District Hospital from Facebook

DENR, Aklan gov't to help in Boracay garbage hauling payment

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The Malay government is facing difficulty in paying ECOS P95 million for its collection, hauling, and dumping services from January to June 2019

Dengue outbreak declared in Aklan

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores urges local officials and communities to also take proactive steps against dengue as the province records 2,121 cases in the first half of 2019 – a 157% increase over the same period in 2018

OUTBREAK. Dengue patients admitted at the Aklan provincial hospital in Kalibo, Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Malay mayor assumes post amid dismissal woes

Jun 30, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after the Department of the Interior and Local Government said the vice mayor can assume the mayoral post in the town of Malay, Aklan

SUSPENDED. Malay town mayor Ciceron Cawaling was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman. DENR file photo

Boracay boat coop braces for modernization

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The Maritime Industry Authority urges all boat operators plying the Caticlan-Boarcay and Tabon-Boracay routes to phase out wooden-hauled vessels

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Malay residents want action vs smelly garbage trucks

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Garbage trucks collect the trash in Boracay Island and dump it in a sanitary landfill in mainland Malay town

FOUL ODOR. Open trucks like these collect garbage in Boracay, then dump these in Barangay Kabulihan, Malay town in Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Boracay tricycle drivers asked to stop overcharging passengers

May 26, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'We have to put a stop to these reports of a handful of abusive drivers preying on foreign travelers and visitors in Boracay,' says Councilor Maylynn Aguirre Graft

ALLEGED OVERCHARGING. One of the perennial problems in Boracay is the case of tricycle drivers allegedly overcharging foreign and local tourists. File photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

How did localities mired in environmental woes vote in 2019 elections?

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The national government has started rehabilitating tourist destinations in 2018. Here's how voters in these areas chose their local leaders in 2019.

Mayor-elect Cawaling calls for unity in Boracay

May 19, 2019 - 11:14 AM

'Let us help each other build better relations between the national and local governments,' says Mayor-elect Ceciron Cawaling of Malay, Aklan

UNDERGOING REHABILITATION. Boracay is undergoing continued rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered it closed for 6 months in 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

May 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts

Emerson Lachica proclaimed new Kalibo, Aklan mayor

May 15, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Former municipal engineer Emerson Lachica is the brother of incumbent Kalibo Mayor William Lachica

NEW MAYOR. File photo of Kalibo, Aklan's new mayor Emerson Lachica.

In Aklan, public markets, covered courts are polling places, too

May 11, 2019 - 10:25 PM

The Comelec in the province also sets up voting precincts in day care centers, barangay halls, and health centers to accommodate voters on May 13

AKLAN POLLS. Voters verify their names on the voters' list in Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

New districts, old names: Battles for House seats created under Duterte

May 10, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Some of those vying for the 5 new congressional seats are former lawmakers, longtime politicians, or scions of political dynasties

4 men drown in well in Aklan

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:41 AM

The victims, among them two brothers and their cousin, die while trying to save each other

WELL ACCIDENT. Authorities retrieve one of the victims of a drowning incident in New Washington, Aklan, on April 25, 2019. Photo from New Washington, Aklan MDRRMO

Ombudsman dismisses Aklan mayor over Boracay negligence

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Malay, Aklan Mayor Ciceron Cawaling is dismissed from office after being found guilty of neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public official, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service

MAYOR DISMISSED. Mayor Ciceron Cawaling is dismissed from his post by the Office of the Ombudsman. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Taiwan airplane overshoots Kalibo airport runway

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:51 AM

All 121 passengers and 7 crew members of the chartered flight from Taiwan are safe

CHARTERED. Taiwan airplane overshoots Kalibo airport runway Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Vote-counting machines roadshow to educate voters, candidates in Aklan

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Election officers, board of election supervisors, and canvassers are also undergoing trainings on how to use the vote-counting machines for the 2019 polls

Twice as many dengue cases reported in Aklan

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Aklan provincial health office records 176 dengue cases so far, compared to 84 in the same period last year

399 Typhoon Yolanda survivors avail of permanent shelters in Kalibo

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Under the NHA Permanent Resettlement Program for Calamity Victims, beneficiaries will be provided with developed lots and decent shelters at no cost

Tribes, groups vie for P1.7M in Kalibo's Ati-Atihan festival

Jan 06, 2019 - 1:31 PM

The festival organizer is expecting around 4,500 drummers and dancers to participate in the 2019 Sadsad Ati-Atihan contest

COLORFUL COMPETITION. Thousands of dancers and drummers are expected to compete at this year's Ati-Atihan Festival. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

PNP assures safe, secure Kalibo Ati-Atihan 2019

Jan 03, 2019 - 9:58 PM

The Philippine National Police targets 'zero major crime' throughout the 18 days of festivities of the Señor Santo Niño de Kalibo

SAFE, SECURE. The Philippine National Police is aiming for zero major crime in the ongoing Kalibo Ati-Atihan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal/Rappler