BORACAY Island, Aklan -- The Aklan Provincial Police Office (APPO) together with the Joint Task Force Boracay has expressed readiness to secure the holding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) in this resort island which started on Tuesday.

"We were told to expect 30-50 ASEAN delegates coming to Boracay. They will be discussing technical framework on Intellectual Property Cooperation," said SP01 Nida Gregas, APPO information officer.

She said the organizers informed the police only last minute of the holding of the ASEAN gab which would conclude on November 17.

The ASEAN meeting will be held at the Hennan Resorts here.

The Aklan PNP leadership convened at the Camp Pastor Martelino in Barangay New Buswang, Kalibo Monday afternoon to discuss security procedure for ASEAN.

"The Police Regional Office-Western Visayas has already sent 32 men to help augment police troops. Aside from the regional augmentation, the Joint Task Force: Boracay have already started securing the resort island.

The task force includes the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Navy, and Philippine Coast Guard, among others.

"We appeal to tourists coming to Boracay to expect tighter security procedures upon their arrival at the jetty ports. The Joint Task Force: Boracay also regularly conducts patrolling at the beach," Gregas said. (JNAguirre/PNA)