LGU-Malay activates Joint Task Force Boracay

After a successful capability demonstration activity, the Local Government Unit of Malay has officially activated the Joint Task Force Boracay last May 20.

Joint Task Force Boracay is created by virtue of Municipal Resolution No. 002- 2017 which aims to strengthen the capability of the LGU-Malay in detecting, preventing and neutralizing any threats in Boracay and the mainland.

It will be headed by Executive Assistant for Boracay Affairs Rowen Aguirre.

The task force will be divided in three sub-groups: the Task Group on Maritime Security and Safety, Task Group Peace and Order and Task Group Emergency Preparedness.

The task force will be composed of members of the local Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, PNP-Maritime Group, Philippine Navy, Philippine Army, Bureau of Fire Protection, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Malay Auxiliary Police of the LGU-Malay and Boracay Fire Rescue & Ambulance Volunteers (BFRAV), among others.

Meanwhile, the simulation exercise showed the capability of the group in handling threats to island’s security and order.

Aside from the local task force, the Maritime Joint Task Force (MJTF) “Area Shield” which is under the jurisdiction of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was also activated.

The MJTF Area Shield is activated to secure all the maritime waters and coastlines, and even hinterlands in the region from all threats of terrorism.

Boracay will be under the Task Force Protect of the MJTF Area Shield.

KAREN BERMEJO

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