The blue pontoon, measuring 100 metersfrom the shoreline is built near the boat stations in White Beach. Of the figure, the municipalgovernment of Malay, Aklan will earn P4.50 per issued ticket and the rest willbe shared by the barangays of Manoc-Manoc and Balabag, the private company whoowns the pontoon, and the water sports associations. “May pontoon para ma-regulatenatin ang mga bangka at mgaoperators, lalong-lalo na ang mgawater sport activities sa beachfront,” Bautista said. Town councilor Nikkie Cahilig alsourged the complainants to attend the committee hearing.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) Rehabilitation group manager NatividadBernandino on Jan. 9 ordered Bautista to stop the scheme in response to themounting complaints of tourists and residents for the past three weeks. The blue pontoon, measuring about 100 meters from the shoreline, is built near the boat stations in White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. Recently, the National Task Force Boracay ordered acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautista to stop collecting pontoon fees amid mounting complaints. AKEAN FORUM “Maramitayong natatanggap na complaints araw-araw sa pontoon fee, especially sa mga engaged sa water sports activities, tungkolsa legalidad ng operations ngpontoon,” Graf said. BORACAY – The National Task ForceBoracay ordered acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautista to stop collecting pontoonfees from passengers of island-hopping boats. Last Dec. 5, Bautista issued ExecutiveOrder (EO) No. 51, directing all sea sports operators and associations in thisisland to use the pontoon bridge. It also imposed a P30 fee to passengers. Meanwhile, Malay town councilorMaylynn Aguirre-Graf said other complainants, who were engaged in water sportsactivities, questioned the legality of the pontoon fee collection which startedon Dec. 21, 2019. Bautista was also reminded that thelocal government unit of Malay should first get the approval of the task forcebefore collecting user fees for pontoon operations. Recently, the Sangguniang Bayan ofMalay, Aklan has called for an extensive review of the EO, to tackle thecomplaints and to look into the controversy on pontoon fees.