Malay SB: Lift ban on fireworks in Boracay

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The Sangguniang Bayan of Malay, Aklan is asking the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG) to allow the fireworks display on New Year’s Eve in Boracay Island.

SB member Maylyn Aguirre-Graf appealed to BIARMG manager Natividad Bernandino for a fireworks show from 11:30 p.m. on December 31 to 12:30 a.m. on January 1, 2020.

“There are guests with hotel bookings and they are expecting to watch the fireworks display in the island,” added Graf.

Councilor Dante Pagsuguiron also supported the call to allow fireworks display, saying the island has celebrated New Year with fireworks at the stroke of midnight before the six-month temporary closure. (

In 2018, the municipal government also urged the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force to lift the ban on fireworks display to welcome New Year.

The ban, however, remained in place because the task force claimed it would disturb the breeding and mating sites of bats in the area.