Authorities finalize security plans for Boracay closure

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) — Three days before Boracay island temporarily closes, officials on Monday ironed out security measures for the world-famous tourist destination.

"Everything is all set," Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag, Western Visayas regional director, said in a statement on Monday.

Over 630 security officers, including 138 anti-riot police and Armed Forces personnel, will man the island and nearby areas when the closure begins April 26.

"We will exercise maximum tolerance," Philippine National Police Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said in a media briefing in Manila on Monday.

Authorities are preparing for possible violence due to "uncertainty, confusion, and low morale."

"We have everything covered and we are ready" Binag said, citing the deployment of their resources that completes the security, peace and order and anti-criminality components. 

Once the island closes, residents can only use the Cagban Jetty Port in Barangay Manoc-Manoc as entry and exit point. For residents to enter the island, they must present identifications cards that prove they live in any of the three barangays in Boracay.

Boracay residents and workers were issued an official ID to access the port. Authorities demonstrated on Monday how the IDs will be checked upon entry.


The port, which currently serves around 5,000 tourists daily, will operate only from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning April 26.

There will be no visitors, except in emergency situations with the clearance of the security committee composed of representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, and the local government.

The Boracay Task Force hopes to have a soft reopening of Boracay in August.

Officials have repeatedly appealed to locals to cooperate in the security and rehabilitation plans for the island to speed up the process.