SAN Miguel Corp. (SMC) remains keen on pursuing a multi-billion peso bridge infrastructure connecting Boracay Island and Malay, Aklan despite oppositions against the project.
Its president and chief operating officer, Ramon Ang, said the government should see the benefit of building an access bridge between the Boracay Island and Malay, Aklan, especially on maintaining the famous island’s good condition after the six-month rehabilitation works.
“That is the most important project we need to push it for the government’s approval,” he told reporters in Tagalog following an event in Clark, Pampanga on Wednesday.
“There are few people who oppose the project for personal reasons, but I think we should set aside those personal reasons,” the tycoon also claimed without elaborating.
In August, Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores expressed his disapproval of the proposed P5.48-billion bridge. He then revealed the plan to establish an integrated port terminal in Caticlan.
Ang said the Boracay bridge would be the “most important component” to save the island from untreated waste as the group eyes putting pipes under the bridge as drainage mechanism to release floods and sewage out of Boracay for water treatment.
“If you have a bridge, the 25,000 workers living in Boracay can live in Caticlan. That’s 25,000 less people, which will result in lesser water waste in the island,” the SMC chief said.
Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said in June the group might “soon” receive the original proponent status.