The Department of Public Works and Highways aims to improve at least 12 km of roads before the end of 2021 in Boracay Island for better mobility and shorten the distance traveled by tourists.
In an interview with Jonathan "Idol" Cabrera of Radyo Todo last Thursday, Engr. Al Fruto, Asst. Regional Director for Western Visayas shared the future projects of DPWH in the rehabilitation of Boracay Island as part of the program established by the Duterte administration.
The project mainly focuses on the construction, concreting, and connecting of roads. It consists of three parts:
- A concrete road from Rotonda to Cagban Port
- Completion of concrete road from 24/7 to the Bulabog Village
- A connecting road from the Ati Village to the 24/7 passing the main road and then to the wetland 6.
Fruto described the roadmap as a loop.
According to Fruto, the same features of what they did in the main road will be seen in the completion of the concrete road from 24/7 to Bulabog Village. He added, that they will construct a 1 km boardwalk at the front of Bulabog beach up to the Ati Village.
In the interview, Fruto emphasized that the construction of the boardwalk is included in the 25+5, specifically in the +5. He also clarified that it is not a new road, but it can be used for emergency purposes such as the passing of an ambulance and fire trucks.
He also mentioned that the debris they gathered from Phase 1 and Phase 2 is good as fill materials. The debris was placed on the side of the wetland 6, where they plan to make it into a concrete road. With that, travelers can enter from the Ati Village line to the main road that's almost in front of the Hue Hotel.
"To shorten the distance covered and for better mobility, one more loop is needed to be established from station 3 to D-mall, " said Fruto.
According to Fruto, there's a total of P237 million construction budget for 2021. P140 million for Rotonda from Cagban Port, P57 million for 24/7 Bulabog to Ati Village, and 50 million for a connecting road from the Ati Village to the 24/7 passing the main road, and then to the wetland 6. That's almost 12 km of road improvement.
He added that even if the executive order expires, they will continue to improve and implement current and new projects for Boracay Island.