The Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG) has no choice but to continue the rehabilitation and infrastructure works in the island, though frustrating and causing some discomfort to motorists and tourists.
BIRMG manager Natividad Bernandino asked for public’s patience as the government agencies work to improve the Boracay main road from Manoc-Manoc to Yapak.
Notable ongoing construction projects include Phase II road improvement from Elizalde property in Balabag to CityMall Boracay and Manoc-Manoc road leading to Tambisaan port.
“The rehabilitation is not done yet, and we are doing our best as we worked through detours and repairs. Hindi natin kaya ang overnight rehabilitation ng roads, kailangan konting tiis sa mga residente na apektado ng rehabilitation. Malayo layo at halfway pa tayo (sa rehabilitation),” she said.
The ongoing road work is expected to continue until 2020 with President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of P25.26 billion medium term Boracay Action Plan (BAP) for the island’s continued rehabilitation.
Bernandino welcomed the approval of BAP to sustain efforts for tourism development program after it was closed from April to October last year.
BAP detailed the government projects to finance infrastructure facilities, pollution control and prevention, enforcement of laws and regulations, socials services for education, health and housing, rehabilitation and recovery of ecosystems, tourism and livelihood by the national and local governments, and the private sector.
“Masaya tayo na aprubado ang Boracay Action Plan para magbibigay ng pondo sa mga ahensiya sa pag-implement ng mga programa sa Boracay. Nagpapakita ito na espesyal ang isla ng Boracay sa Pangulo,” Bernandino said.
“Portion ng P25 billion ay kasalukuyan g ginagamit na ng ibang ahensiya sa rehabilitasyon ng Boracay. Paghahatian din ang budget tulad ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) at TIEZA sa infrastructure, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa social services, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa environment at recovery ng wetlands, pati na ang local government.”
By BOY RYAN B. ZABAL