The local government of Malay, Aklan is set to impose new environmental fees to outsiders and tourists who will enter the province’s prime tourist destination – Boracay Island – starting on December 20, 2020.
On November 9, 2020, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan approved Municipal Ordinance No. 431 of Malay that introduced the imposition of the new rates for the environmental fee.
From the previous rate of P75, the new ordinance imposes a P300 environmental fee for foreign tourists and P150 for domestic tourists who are not from Aklan.
According to Information Officer Aaron Richard C. Senday of the Malay local government, the ordinance was already published in newspapers of general circulation on December 5, and they just are waiting for the completion of 15 days for its effectivity or December 20.
Senday added concerned departments and offices willconvene to discuss the implementation of the said ordinance.
Based on the ordinance, Aklanons, returning Aklanons balikbayans as well as their children and grandchildren including those 12 years old and below, are exempted from paying the environmental fee.
Likewise, Filipino students, persons with disabilities and senior citizens are entitled to a 20-percent discount.
The ordinance also provides penalty to anyone misrepresenting as an Aklanon to avail of the exemption with a fine of P2,500 and a possible legal case. SOVEREIGNPH