The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has successfully finished another stage of Boracay’s Circumferential Road, specifically its third phase. 

DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado led the opening ceremony for the newly concreted and widened 1.4-kilometer road. 

Photo from DPWH’s Website

According to Mercado, the P140-million project will improve the travel experience of locals and tourists going between the island’s two entry/exit points—Cagban Port and Tambisaan Port in Barangay Manoc-Manoc.

Apart from this, the project, which was implemented by DPWH Regional Office 6, also covered the construction of a drainage system, sidewalk with paving blocks, the installation of street lights, sprigging, and the application of thermoplastic pavement markings.

“The improvement of Boracay Circumferential Road is a manifestation of the determination and political will of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in ensuring that Boracay will remain and be sustained as a prime world tourism destination in the Philippines,” said Mercado.

Once completed, the P1.94 billion Boracay Circumferential Road improvement and widening project will cut the usual 1 hour and 30-minute travel time from Ilig-Iligan Beach – Cagban Port to only 45 minutes.

“Part of the Duterte administration’s long-term program to rehabilitate world famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province, the improvement of the circumferential road has proven that successful road works is possible if there is political will and a whole of government approach,” Mercado added.

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