Army Reducing Direct Role In Phuket’s Local Administration

According to Army Region 4’s commander, Lt. Gen. Pornsak Poonsawat, the military of Thailand decided to step back when it comes to its direct role in the administration of the island of Phuket. In a recent announcement, he said that a number of the responsibilities previously handled by the Army locally will now be under the care of the Internal Security Operations Command for the Phuket branch. This news directly impact local businesses such as Novotel in Kamala Beach because the military is also the one in charge of the management of the beaches in Phuket.

Every province of Thailand has its own provincial office for the Internal Security Operations Command which is also known as Isoc. This is a brand of the government which acts as the political arm under the military of Thailand.

There were a number of issues to be transferred management to Isoc and one of them is the implementation of the management rules of all the beaches in Phuket. Under the management rules, the 10 per cent rule should be followed. This refer to the rule wherein vendors are given the liberty to sell at pre-distinguished beaches but only 10 per cent of the sand should be occupied by them.

Aside from the beach management, a number of areas will also be handled by Isoc from now on such as the public transport of Phuket, the issues with migrant workers, elimination of human trafficking in the area and the war against the illegal drugs.

Fourth Army Region’s commander which is headquartered in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Gen. Pornsak Poonsawat, was the one who delivered the news in Phuket Provincial Hall during a meeting. In attendance were Phakaphong Tavipatana, the governor of Phuket, and Therdkiat Onmuang, the current branch director of the Isoc in Phuket.

Gen. Poonsawat said that the tasks are given to Isoc because within this month the National Council for Peace and Order will no longer have the authority to handle said issues. There were no details though as when NCPO will lose its given authority. The news was received by local business like Novotel in Kamala Beach and they promised to abide with the rules especially concerning beach management.