BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan -- Security preparations are already in place ahead of the international gathering of youth from Southeast Asia and Japan here next week.

At least 200 youth delegates for the Ship Southeast Asia and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) International General Assembly are expected to visit Boracay for the closing ceremony of the program from April 28 to 30.

The assembly, which will gather youth delegates from Japan and Southeast Asian countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, will open in Iloilo City on April 26.

Senior Inspector Jose Mark Gesulga, deputy chief of Boracay Tourists Assistance Center (BTAC), said the final security and emergency plans are already in place for the activity.

Gesulga said the police and other inter-agency security groups in the island remain on full alert after even after the Holy Week season due to the recent fighting in Bohol between government troops and Abu Sayyaf members.

“We continue our intelligence monitoring to ensure that no terror attacks will happen on the island,” he said.

The final joint coordination meeting organized by the local government unit of Malay was held in Boracay on Tuesday, April 18, for the youth assembly.

The meeting was attended by inter-agency groups in the island including (BTAC), Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

While in Boracay, delegates are also expected to do side-trip activities, including water sports and tours. (PNA)