Boracay’s P237-M circumferential road project expected to ease traffic congestion in famed island

Published February 3, 2021, 11:09 PM

by Tara Yap

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) is set to start the third phase of the circumferential road project at world famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.

(Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

“Construction will start by first quarter of the year,” said Engr. Al Fruto, DPWH assistant regional director for Western Visayas.

Fruto told Manila Bulletin the third phase of the road project intended to ease traffic congestion in the country’s most famous beach destination will consist of two sections.

The first section is the road from the rotunda section to Cagban Jetty Port, which is the main entry and exit point of Boracay for sea travelers going to or from mainland Malay town. A P140-million budget has been earmarked.

The second section is the road connecting Boracay’s back beach known as Bolabog and the village of the Atis, an indigenous peoples (IP) group.  This portion will have a P97-million budget. 

Fruto said the Bolabog project will include a concrete road on the boardwalk as access road for ambulances and fire trucks that will be used in cases of emergency.

Fruto said the third phase is part of the Duterte administration’s long-term program to rehabilitate Boracay, which started in 2018 when the resort island was closed to tourists for six months.

Last December 2020,DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and DPWH-6 Regional Director Lea Delfinado inaugurated the first two phases of the project, which is an 8.73-kilometer road.