“We have not faced any problem inimplementing the checkpoints,” he said. (With a report from the Philippine News Agency/PN ILOILO City – The local government ofMalay, Aklan has terminated all border checkpoints that were put in place as aprecautionary measure against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to the mayor, the borderchecks were effective in keeping Malay free from the virus. He thanked thepersonnel at the border checks who worked 24/7. For the past 14 days, all those boundfor Boracay Island from China and its special administrative regions Macau andHong Kong were denied entry to Malay. Acting mayor Frolibar Bautista liftedthe border checks effective midnight of Feb. 16. In scrapping the border checks,Bautista said Feb. 15 was the 15th day since China imposed a lockdown (no onecan get in or out of Wuhan City and Hubei province). That day was also the end of the 14-dayquarantine period ordered by the Department of Health on people with a travelhistory to China and its special administrative regions. The COVID-19 virus originated inChina, which imposed a lockdown in Wuhan City and Hubei province, the epicenterof the virus outbreak. But despite the termination of theborder checkpoints, Bautista said monitoring of people entering Malay andparticularly Boracay would continue (at the Caticlan Jetty Port and PassengerTerminal). The tourists presented photocopies oftheir passports, which did not reflect their previous destinations, Bautistasaid. On Feb. 11, border patrols deployed inthe boundaries of Malay stopped some 45 Chinese nationals on board a busattempting to visit Boracay Island. Bautista thanked tourists and localsfor cooperating with the local government. Malay is home to the world-famousBoracay Island.