Malay PNP gets e-trikes to patrol Boracay Island

By Jennifer P. Rendon

From the usual four-wheel vehicles and motorcycles, the Philippine National Police (PNP) picked e-tricycles for the Malay Municipal Police Station.

On Tuesday, May 2, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 officially turned over four e-trikes to Malay MPS, which covers Boracay Island in its area of responsibility.

Brigadier General Leo Francisco, Western Visayas police chief, was joined by former PNP chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. and retired Major General Jesus Cambay Jr., the former chief of the PNP Directorate for Comptrollership, during the turnover.

Cambay used to be the commander of the now-defunct Metro Boracay Police Task Force, a unit created to oversee the rehabilitation of Boracay Island during the incumbency of former President Rodrigo Duterte.

Francisco said they chose e-trikes because these are cost-effective since they are not powered by petroleum.

“Aside sa matipid, makakapasok pa sa mga eskinita ng Boracay,” he said.

The region’s top cop said the vehicles should have been turned over weeks ago but there was a delay in its transportation from Laguna province to Boracay Island.

Meanwhile, the Malay MPS said the e-trikes are a part of the PNP modernization program for the maintenance of peace, order, and security.

“It will increase police presence in the island as one of the top tourist destinations in the world,” it added.

The event also saw the attendance of Colonel Crisaleo Tolentino, Aklan Police Provincial Office (AkPPO) director; Malay Mayor Floribar Bautista;  and other Boracay Island stakeholders.