Malay, officially the Municipality of Malay (Aklanon: Banwa it Malay; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Malay; Filipino: Bayan ng Malay), is a municipality in the province of Aklan in the Western Visayas (Region VI) of the Philippines. The population was 52,973 at the 2015 census. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 33,813 registered voters.
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, from the barrio of Malay and surrounding barrios which were then part of Buruanga. The new municipality then included the following barrios: 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.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 66.01 square kilometres (25.49 sq mi) constituting 7000362000000000000♠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).
In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 33,813 registered voters.
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 are allowed to land on the 810 m (2,660 ft) runway. Most airlines have also restricted weight allowance since the airplanes are small. Nearby Kalibo International Airport with its 2,300 m (7,500 ft) runway is able to accommodate larger aircraft. As of November 2016, it can now accommodate larger aircraft like an Airbus A320 or a Boeing 737.
The Caticlan Jetty Port, one of the ports along the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, serves as a gateway to Boracay island and Roxas, Oriental Mindoro.
Malay is being served by three (3) hospitals, of which 1 is private, and 2 are owned by the government.Don Circiaco Tirol Memorial Hospital
Malay Municipal Hospital
Aklan Baptist Hospital