Almost half of the 21.64-kilometer Boracay Circumferential Road is now open to traffic as two phases of the road project were recently completed.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar on Friday, December 4, 2020, formally inaugurated the completed Phase 1 and 2 road portions of the road, which is a key network around the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan.
A 8.73-kilometer portion of the road was recently concreted and widened. It is also constructed with a drainage system, wider sidewalks, provisions of streetlighting, tree planting and road safety markings.
“Almost half of the entire 21.64-kilometer Boracay Circumferential has been improved and we are set to implement the remaining 11.68-kilometer section in the coming years to bring further transport relief to both locals and visitors of Boracay Island,” Villar said.
The completed segments of the Boracay Circumferential Road Project include the Phase 1 which spans 4.47 kilometers and has three sections namely: Cagban Port to Hue Hotel, Hue Hotel to Elizalde, and up to Bolabog Dramatic Road.
The Phase 2, which is 3.36 kilometers, has three sections namely: Elizalde to Ambassador, Ambassador to City Mall, and from Tambis-an Port to Rotonda. Also completed is the 800-meter section in Laketown which was funded in 2019.
According to Villar, DPWH has so far allocated a total of P890 million for the completion of Phase 1 and 2 and the remaining section will require the amount of P1.13 billion in funding.
“Once fully completed, Boracay Circumferential Road reduces travel time from Cagban Port in Barangay Manoc Manoc to Ilig-Iligan Beach in Barangay Yapak by as much as 40 to 45 minutes from the usual one hour and 30 minutes. We are hopeful that better roads will make Boracay more appealing and beneficial to tourists and islanders,” Villar added.