Malay town in Aklan province bats for cityhood

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Aklan voted to endorse to the House of the Representatives a municipal council resolution for the proposed cityhood of Malay town.

The cityhood of Malay, now classified a first-class town, would mean the further development of the municipality and its famous Boracay Island, and greater autonomy, according to the SP members.

Cityhood would also mean a bigger Internal Revenue Allotment for Malay which could improve the delivery of basic services. (

Section 450 of Republic Act No. (RA) 7160 as amended by RA 9009 or the Local Government Code of 1991 states a municipality may be converted into a component city if:

* it has a locally generated average annual income of P100,000 for the last two consecutive years as certified by the Department of Finance

* it has a contiguous territory of at least 100 square kilometers

* it has a population of not less than 150,000 inhabitants

SP member Esel Flores said Malay was able to sustain its tax collection of over P169 million in 2018 and 2019, exceeding the cityhood threshold prescribed under existing laws.

Because of its robust tourism industry, the municipality is considered as having the strongest economy in all the municipalities in Region 6, and the richest municipality of Aklan in terms of income and annual budget.

The high-income town is also qualified to be converted into a component city without regard to the size of its population or land area.

In October last year, the Land Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources certified that Malay was composed of more than one island, hence, exempted from the land area requirement of Republic Act 9009.