Malay to regulate alcohol drinking in public areas, including Boracay beach

Malay to regulate alcohol drinking in public areas, including Boracay beach

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — Drinking alcohol on public areas, including on the white sand beaches of this tourist island will now be regulated.

This, after the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay approved Tuesday afternoon the ordinance regulating the drinking of alcoholic beverages in all public areas in the municipality of Malay.

The ordinance prohibits the drinking of any alcoholic beverages in all public areas including, but not limited to, roadsides within the six meters from the center of the road, streets, alleys, sidewalks, sports complex and grounds, within five meters from the riverbanks, public parks and beach areas within the territorial jurisdiction of Malay.

The regulation will also apply in Boracay even though alcoholic drinking is part of the island’s nightlife activities, said SB member Nenette Graf, author of the said ordinance.“Drinking at the beach areas will now be strictly prohibited,” Graf said.

She, however, clarified that tourists could still drink within the allowed areas of beachfront establishments.

The regulation also aims to prevent nuisance activities as well as suppress activities that are inimical to safety, security, comfort and convenience of our island residents and tourists, the councilor said.

She also said that the regulation was also a way to prevent throwing of alcoholic bottles and other trash to the beach.

Violators of the ordinance will have to pay PHP500 and confiscation of alcoholic beverages for first offense, PHP1,000 for second offense and PHP2,500 or imprisonment for a period of 30 days or both for third and succeeding offense. Karen Bermejo/