The Sangguniang Bayan of Malay thumbed down the proposed conversion of Boracay Island’s roads into a national road.
Councilor Dante Pagsuguiron said they opposed the proposal of the Department of Public Works and Highways because the latter already implemented a 12-meter road setback when the island was closed for rehabilitation.
Hundreds of commercial establishments and structures were demolished due to massive clearing and road-widening activities, added Pagsuguiron.
Fritz Ruiz, chief of the planning and design section of Aklan district engineering office, said the support of the Sangguniang Bayan is a requirement for such conversion.
“Kailangan may budget yearly para ma-maintain ang Boracay road. Kung kaya naman ng probinsiya, they have to allot a budget for the maintenance of roads in Boracay,” he also said.
Road sections converted into national road will be included in the regular infrastructure program of the national government.
The DPWH earlier proposed the conversion of existing Boracay circumferential road and alternate road network in barangays Manoc-Manoc, Balabag and Yapak.
The proposal covered road sections from Cagban port (Manoc-Manoc) to Puka Beach, Bloomfields to Crossing Rotunda, Crossing Rotunda to Tambisaan port to Cagban port, Bulabog to Mount Luho, and Bulabog to Ati Village.