SMC Plans to Connect Boracay Island to Caticlan with 1.9-Kilometer Toll Bridge Worth P3-Billion


One of the country's leading conglomerate, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) plans to connect the world-renowned island of Boracay to mainland Caticlan with an estimated 1.9-kilometer toll bridge project worth P3-Billion.


According to SMC President Ramon Ang, they've had the capabilities to complete the bridge project connecting Boracay to the mainland within two years, and they're ready to submit its proposal to the national government under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte.



SMC also noted that they expects a return on investment (ROI) in 10 to 15 years. The country's leading beverage company also noted that the Boracay-Caticlan Bridge can also become the ultimate solution on how the waste of the island would be transferred to the mainlan easily.

Ramon Ang was quoted as saying "We think we can build the bridge within 2 years. All concrete. Passable and ilalim ng barko (Ships can pass below). It can handle sewage and all solid waste," Ang stated.

During previous interviews with the local media in Boracay, the SMC President Ramon Ang said that the bridge would help Boracay to decongest the island because some hotels in Caticlan are much cheaper compared to the island. Ang was quoted as saying "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.

Aside from the Boracay Bridge Projec, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is also involved in the renovation of Caticlan Airport, the gateway to Boracay Island. The island is considered as one of the best island in the world according to numerous international travel magazines.



Last April 26, 2018, Pres. Rody Duterte decided to close down Boracay Island to conduct a rehabilation on the island as the government found hundreds of violations committed by commercial establishments have been discovered by the government during the renovation.

Boracay Island is expected to reopen to local and international tourists on October 26, 2018, following the announcement of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu that Boracay is no longer a "cesspool."


Source: BusinessWorld


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