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Rappler's latest stories on aklan


Tourism slumps in Boracay after gradual reopening

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Recent statistics showed 81 tourists arrived on the island from June 16 to June 30. Meanwhile, Kalibo International Airport, resumes some commercial flights.

BORACAY. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kalibo airport open to limited domestic flights from Metro Manila starting July 1

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:35 AM

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores has issued an executive order authorizing Kalibo airport to accept domestic flights for individuals who want to return to the province after weeks of being stranded in Metro Manila

GATEWAY TO BORACAY. The Kalibo International Airport will resume operations for limited domestic flights beginning July 1, 2020. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

No swimming! Boracay navigates life after strict lockdown

May 06, 2020 - 9:01 PM

As residents of Aklan try to get back on their feet, the provincial government says it's going to prioritize assistance to local farmers and producers of agricultural crops

Aklan seeks DOH approval to use TB diagnostic machines for coronavirus testing

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) Aklan's oldest coronavirus case, an 86-year-old man, recovers. He is discharged from the hospital on April 22.

The Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) is being eyed for exclusive use of coronavirus patients in the province of Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Aklan OFW tests positive for coronavirus even after quarantine in Manila

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:49 PM

The overseas worker came from Italy, a country highly affected by the coronavirus

Provinces, cities in the Visayas extend lockdown periods

Apr 10, 2020 - 3:21 PM

The provinces of Bohol, Negros Occidental, and Aklan, as well as the cities of Iloilo and Tacloban extend their quarantines until April 30

LOCKDOWN. Police secure border of Cebu City and Talisay City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Coronavirus cases rise outside Metro Manila as tests slowly keep up

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health warns the public numbers will increase as government acquires more test kits and sub-national laboratories are accredited to conduct tests nationwide

VIRUS. This photo shows the form of the novel coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

Aklan's 3 coronavirus cases all travelled to Manila

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Aklan's provincial hospital raises its alert to Level 2 following the admission of new cases

VIRUS. This photo shows the form of the novel coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

Aklan provincial hospital unknowingly admits coronavirus patient from Romblon

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:17 PM

(UPDATED) Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon says the Romblon Provincial Health Official failed to inform its Kalibo counterpart that the German patient was COVID-19 positive

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Goggles, face masks, and gloves for protection against virus infection. Image from Shutterstock

Aklan provincial hospital eyed as dedicated facility for coronavirus patients

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:18 AM

Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr. says that the government-run provincial hospital will be designated to receive, screen and treat coronavirus patients with severe conditions

The Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) is being eyed for exclusive use of coronavirus patients in the province of Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Aklan stops all public transport, including boats bound for Boracay

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Though there is still no outbreak in Boracay, there are already 3 coronavirus disease cases in Aklan province

Aklan gov defends imposing preemptive 'enhanced community quarantine'

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Governor Florencio Miraflores gets aggressive even before the coronavirus strikes their province

Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores said the government's decision to call for enhanced community quarantine in the entire province of Aklan was aimed to protect the people and families amid the coronavirus crisis. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal/Rappler

Foreign tourists stranded in Boracay due to lockdown, restrictions

Mar 24, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Despite mercy flights to get them out of the resort island, some 500 holidaymakers are still trapped there

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Aklan's first coronavirus PUI sent to home quarantine

Mar 14, 2020 - 4:49 PM

The patient is a seafarer who has a travel history to a country with confirmed cases of COVID-19

PRECAUTION. File photo of a now standard temperature check at the entrance of buildings. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Task force scraps LoveBoracay 2.0, other scheduled events due to coronavirus scare

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The provincial government also cancels the 64th Aklan Day celebrations

CANCELLED. Task force cancels events lined up in Boracay. Background photo by Louie Lapat/Rappler

Aklan cancels public events in next 45 days to lessen coronavirus risks

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:56 AM

Although there are no positive cases in Aklan, a tourist destination, Governor Florencio Miraflores says added measures are needed to safeguard residents

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

 KALIBO. An aerial view of the Regional Science High School for Region VI, which is a stone's throw away from the Aklan Training Center. Photo from the Facebook page of the Regional Science High School for Region VI

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