Monday, October 18, 2010

Security improved at Caticlan Jetty Port

BORACAY Island, Aklan - The Caticlan Jetty Port has been improved with the installation of an x-ray machine as additional security feature.

Port administrator Niven Maquirang said that the purchase of a new machine was funded by the P6-million appropriation coming from the revenue generated by the port. The increased collection is attributed to the rise in the numbers of tourists visiting the resort island of Boracay.

"After bidding, we were only able to purchase the machine for P4.2 million excluding some needed gadgets. We could say that we do have a savings in the budget of our department," said Maquirang.

The administration of both the Caticlan and Cagban Jetty Ports here is under the Economic Enterprise Development Department (EEDD) of the Aklan provincial government.

Revenue collections report of the jetty port said that from January to August this year, they had generated P5.219 million from the terminal collections of P75 each tourists passing the port.

Aside from the x-ray machine, the jetty port has also placed a turnstile facility to secure tourists and passengers arriving in Boracay through the Strong Republic Nautical Highway.

"We will still be installing more security features for Boracay tourists in the days to come," said Maquirang.

The Aklan provincial government expects a surge of tourists arriving beginning this semestral break that will continue until summer of next year.

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