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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

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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

Build Malay fire station now, town execs urge BFP

Dec 25, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Malay is one of municipalities in Aklan province without a fire station

TWO DISTRICTS. The Senate passes the bill that will split the province of Aklan into 2 legislative districts.

What’s in store for you at 2019 Kalibo Ati-Atihan festival

Dec 25, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The Feast of Señor Sto Niño de Kalibo attracts devotees and tourists with its traditional procession and other activities held in celebration, including a rock concert and beauty pageant

What’s in store for 2019 Kalibo Ati-Atihan festival? Photo BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Kalibo's Ati-atihan festival 80% ready

Dec 14, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The 18-day Feast of Señor Santo Niño de Kalibo begins January 2, 2019

80 percent ready for Kalibo Ati festival. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Kalibo Ati-Atihan fiesta extended to 18 days, begins on January 2

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The 2019 edition of the Ati-Atihan festival attended by devotees, balikbayans and tourists starts January 2 until January 20, the third Sunday of January

18-day Kalibo Ati-Atihan celebration begins on January 2. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal

Coast Guard tells owner to remove sunken vessel off Boracay

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:00 AM

The LCT Bato Twin, which sank last November 4, poses a danger to passing ships

RESPONSE. A Philippine Coast Guard multi-role response vessel arrives in Caticlan, Aklan on April 23, 2018. Photo from the Department of Transportation

Sandiganbayan dismisses case vs Aklan governor, wife over delay

Nov 18, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The court says the right to speedy disposition of cases was violated, so the charges against Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores and his wife must be junked

AKLAN CHIEF. Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores says he's prepared to face the complaint filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo from the Aklan Province Facebook page

12 rescued as cargo ship sinks off Aklan

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the 12 were aboard cargo ship LCT Bato Twin, which was carrying sand and gravel to Boracay

PAL's Mabuhay Maritime to offer Kalibo-Boracay ferry service

Oct 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The ferry service seeks to provide seamless travel from the Kalibo International Airport to Boracay

MODERN FACILITIES. PAL's Mabuhay Maritime Express will soon offer Kalibo to Boracay ferry service. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOTr grants original proponent status to 2 firms for Davao, Kalibo airports upgrade

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation and Mega7 Construction Corporation are granted original proponent status for their unsolicited airport upgrade proposals

UPGRADE. Officials have granted firms the original proponent status for the upgrade of Davao and Kalibo International Airports. KIA photo from Kalibo Intl Airport FB page; DIA from Tonton Obmerga/Google Maps

Four-cornered fight for governor of Aklan

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Seasoned politician Florencio Miraflores takes on three opponents in his bid for a third and final term as governor of Aklan

THIRD TERM. Incumbent Florencio Miraflores takes on three challengers for governor of Aklan.

Malay execs eye amending rules on pet ownership in mainland, Boracay

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Among the proposed amendments to the ordinance are limiting the number of dogs a person can own and the disposition of stray dogs in Boracay and mainland Malay

BORACAY PET. A man strolls the Boracay shoreline with his dog. Photo from Shutterstock

15 Aklan mayors seek reelection

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:07 PM

The only two mayors who are on their final terms are running for governor and vice mayor

Boracay boat operator to charge double the previous fare

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

From the previous fare of P25, boat riders will pay P50 to the sole operator of the Caticlan to Boracay route when the world-class beach resort reopens

Boat fare Boracay up by 50 percent. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Aklan split into two congressional districts

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:07 PM

President Duterte signs Republic Act 11077 reapportioning Aklan into two legislative districts. Their representatives will be elected in May 2019.

Senate approves bill splitting Aklan into 2 legislative districts

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Once the bill is signed into law, Boracay will be part of the second district of Aklan province

TWO DISTRICTS. The Senate passes the bill that will split the province of Aklan into 2 legislative districts.

Local gov't to ban single-use plastics when Boracay reopens

Aug 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'Sa mga bisita sa Boracay, magdala na kayo ng sariling straw dahil bawal ang single-use plastic. Bawal na rin ang plastic bags at styrofoams sa isla,' says Sangguniang Bayan member Maylynn Aguirre Graf

BANNED. Single-use plastics will now be banned in Boracay Island. File photo of Boracay by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police again block mission volunteers from entering Boracay

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We cannot understand this move of [the] Boracay security committee to discriminate individuals who want to help the residents and workers in Boracay,' says Rise Up Aklan provincial coordinator Kim-Sin Tugna

PATROL. Along the white sand shores of Boracay Island, police and military patrol an almost empty beach. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Aklan electric cooperative is 10% done with Boracay rehab operations

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The rehabilitation work of the Aklan Electric Cooperative in the franchise area of Boracay is mainly dependent on DPWH budget allocations, according to Engineer Joel Martinez, Assistant General Manager for engineering

BORACAY REHAB. Background file photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Kalibo airport rehabilitation to begin on July 2

Jul 01, 2018 - 10:35 AM

Rehabilitation of the Kalibo International Airport in Aklan will include terminal refurbishment, landscaping, and rewiring of the electrical and air-conditioning systems, among others

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Administrative, criminal complaints filed vs 17 Aklan officials over Boracay neglect

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Among those named in the complaints filed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government before the Office of the Ombudsman are Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Malay Mayor Ciceron Cawaling, and Malay Vice Mayor Abram Sualog

CASES. DILG Uundersecretary Epimaco Densing shows a copy of the consolidated complaint he filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against officials related to Boracay. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

DSWD apologizes for spoiled relief goods in Boracay

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says the contamination happened during the handling and hauling of relief goods, adding that it 'must not happen again'

State of calamity declaration sought for mainland Boracay

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The municipal council of Malay, Aklan, wants more concrete basis to consider the proposal of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Liga ng mga Barangay

JOBLESS. Boatmen are among the Boracay residents who have lost their livelihood after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the tourist destination for 6 months. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Malay gov't: Allow San Juan revelers to swim in coastal waters

May 30, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Since April 26 – the start of Boracay's 6-month closure – local residents have been allowed to swim only in a designated swimming area in the white beach near Willy's Rock in Station 1

APPEAL. The local government of Malay in Aklan appeals for residents to be allowed to swim in coastal waters on June 24, which marks the feast of San Juan de Bautista. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thousands of cops deployed for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Authorities are focusing on areas with a history of election-related violence and those with intense political rivalries

Security forces from Bacolod City are sent off on May 11, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo from Bacolod City Police Office