Proposed Boracay bridge needs regional endorsement— NEDA

Published July 3, 2019, 3:52 PM
By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – The proposal of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) to build a P5.5-billion bridge that will link mainland Aklan to the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town still needs endorsement from the Regional Development Council (RDC-6) of Western Visayas.

A top view of the holiday island of Boracay

This was bared by Ro-Ann Bacal, regional director National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), who said that the RDC still needed to assess if the proposed Boracay bridge was part of infrastructure priorities in the region.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar had earlier announced that SMC may soon acquire its original proponent status (OPS) so that it could finally undertake the Boracay bridge project.

Speaking at the regional socio-economic briefing, Bacal told The Manila Bulletin that SMC’s proposal has never been presented to regional officials.

To recall, SMC submitted an unsolicited proposal to DPWH last year. It wanted to build a 1.2-kilometer bridge linking mainland Malay to the famous resort island that will transport only goods and not tourists.

Bacal said the RDC-6’s Infrastructure Development Committee may call SMC to present the proposal.

Meanwhile, Bacal welcomed President Duterte’s approval of the Boracay Medium-Term Action Plan. She said it outlines commitments made government agencies to ensure the sustainability of the long-term rehabilitation of the country’s most popular beach destination.

Source: Manila Bulletin