Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar said DPWH is working double time to make Boracay Circumferential Road accessible in time for the island’s soft opening this October.
“With only over a month left for Boracay soft opening, DPWH personnel and equipment are making up for the works that have been slowed down by incessant rain” said Secretary Villar.
Secretary Villar also pointed out that the DPWH maintenance crew had to endure 47 days of rainy weather in Boracay since rehabilitation works started 82 days ago. Additional manpower from the 15 District Engineering Offices and Regional Office of DPWH in Western Visayas had been deployed in the island.
Despite that, DPWH Assistant Regional Director Jose Al Fruto reported that a total of 1.13 kilometers of one-lane road has been paved and 2.91 kilometers of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) drainage pipes are already installed along the existing 4.1-kilometer Boracay Circumferential Road.
“We expect the delivery of some 628 pipes within the month as we target to complete the drainage component of Boracay Circumferential Road (Main Road) by the first week of October. Along the installation of pipes, the road concreting immediately follows,” said ARD Fruto.
He added that the missing gap of Boracay Circumferential Road in Barangay Balabag is also being fast-tracked for completion. DPWH has so far completed 82 percent of the missing gap, with 265.5 linear meters of paved road, 100 linear meters of sidewalk (both sides) with paving blocks and two lines of drainage (pipe culverts) installed.
Other than the road improvement/rehabilitation project, DPWH is also tasked to undertake the following: clearing of road right-of-way obstructions along Boracay’s main road; facilitating the release of funds for the relocation of electric distribution poles and lines; and initiating close coordination with telecommunication and water utility providers in the island to hasten the road improvement works.