San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is keen on their plan to connect Boracay Island and Caticlan by building a 1.9-kilometer toll bridge that will connect the Philippines’ most famous bridge to the mainland.
According to SMC President Ramon Ang, they’ve had the capabilities to complete the project within two years, and they’re ready to submit its proposal to the government.
The project will cost P3-B, and SMC expects a return on investment in 10 to 15 years.
In the present, Boracay Island is only accessible via ferry.
The bridge can also become the ultimate solution on how the wastes of the island would be transferred to the mainland easily.
“We think we can build the bridge within 2 years. All concrete. Passable ang ilalim ng barko (Ships can pass below). It can handle sewage and all solid waste,” Ang said.
In an old interview, Ang also said that the bridge would help Boracay to decongest because some hotels in Caticlan are much cheaper than the island.
“We think what’s best is if everybody will stay and eat in Caticlan, go to Boracay to enjoy the beach,” Ang said in an interview with Inquirer.
San Miguel is also the company that renovated the Caticlan Airport.
On April 26, President Rodrigo Duterte decided to close Boracay to conduct a rehabilitation on the island.
Hundreds of violations committed by commercial establishments have been discovered by the government during the renovation.
The island is expected to reopen to tourist on October 26, following the announcement of Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu that Boracay is no longer a “cesspool”.