Malay , officially the Municipality of Malay, (Aklanon: Banwa it Malay; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Malay; Tagalog: Bayan ng Malay), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 52,973 people. It is the northernmost town in the island of Panay. The resort island of Boracay is part of the municipality.
The municipality of Malay was created in the province of Capiz on June 15, 1949, helped established by Claro Tumaob. From the barangay of Malay and surrounding barangays which were then part of Buruanga. The new municipality then included the following barangays: Malay (poblacion, seat of local government), Dumlog, Cabulihan, Balusbos, Nabaoy, Cubay Norte, Cubay Sur, Cogon, Argao, Sambiray, Caticlan, Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, Yapak, Motag, Napaan, and Naasog. On April 25, 1956, Malay became a municipality of the newly created province of Aklan, along with several other towns of Capiz.It was hit severely by typhoon Seniang on 9–10 December 2006, with much destruction and damage of homes and infrastructure.
"Resolution no. 066, series of 2010" created an ad hoc Committee and Technical Working Group to conduct initial study and evaluation for the proposed cityhood of the Municipality of Malay, Aklan.
Malay is located at 11°54′N 121°55′E. It is 72 kilometres (45 mi) west of Kalibo, the provincial capital.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 66.01 square kilometres (25.49 sq mi) constituting 3.62% of the 1,821.42-square-kilometre- (703.25 sq mi) total area of Aklan.
Malay is politically subdivided into 17 barangays,three (Balabag, Manoc-Manoc, and Yapak) of which are situated within Boracay Island, while the rest are in mainland Malay.
In the 2015 census, Malay had a population of 52,973. The population density was 800 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,100/sq mi).
Because of its robust tourism industry, the municipality is now considered as having the strongest economy in all the municipalities in the Region and the richest municipality of Aklan in terms of income and annual budget. The tourism industry of Boracay became the catalyst of its economic growth that brought many investors to come and helped transform the municipality into a cosmopolitan area.
As of 2016, there are ten (10) banks in the municipality of Malay operated by six (6) commercial banking corporations.
Malay has one airport, officially named Godofredo P. Ramos Airport but more popularly known as Caticlan Airport. Only small aircraft were allowed to land on the 810 m (2,660 ft) runway, On January 1, 2014, it was reported that the San Miguel Corp. said it would complete the extension of Boracay Airport's runway by the end of the year. The runway would be extended from 950 meters to 2,100 meters. On November 18, 2016, flag carrier Philippine Airlines landed its first Airbus A320, which marked the opening of the extended runway. Cebu Pacific followed suit on November 22, 2016, landing its first A320 as flight 5J 899/900.
The Caticlan Jetty Port, one of the ports along the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, serves as a gateway to Boracay island, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, and Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro.
List of schools in Malay
Malay is being served by three hospitals, of which 1 is private, and 2 are owned by the government.
Don Circiaco Tirol Memorial Hospital
Malay Municipal Hospital
Aklan Baptist Hospital
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