Local and international tourists can now utilize a much-improved road going around the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, with the completion of the 8.73-kilometer portion of Boracay Circumferential Road Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar on Friday, December 4, 2020 formally inaugurated the completed Phase 1 and 2 road portions that were concreted, widened, and constructed with drainage system, wider sidewalks, provisions of streetlighting, tree planting and road safety markings.
The completed segments of Boracay Circumferential Road Project include the Phase 1 which spans 4.47 kilometers and has three (3) sections namely: Cagban Port to Hue Hotel, Hue Hotel to Elizalde, up to Bolabog Dramatic Road and the Phase 2 which is 3.36 kilometers and has three (3) 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.
“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,” said Secretary Villar.
According to Secretary Villar, DPWH has so far allocated a total of P890 million for the completion of Phase 1 and 2 and remaining section will require the amount of P1.13 Billion in funding.
“Once fully completed, Boracay Circumferential Road reduce travel time from Cagban Port in Barangay Manoc Manoc to Ilig-Iligan Beach in Barangay Yapak by as much as 40-45 minutes from the usual one (1) hour and 30 minutes. We are hopeful that better roads will make Boracay more appealing and beneficial to tourists and islanders,” added Secretary Villar.