A proposal which could cost as much as much as $100 million or about 4.6 billion pesos, would bring a new bridge to the island of Boracay.
The 1.9km bridge would connect the world-famous Boracay beach community to the mainland without using a ferry service – something that would cut travel time.
San Miguel Corp. told the Inquirer in an interview that they are prepared to offer the infrastructure project to at their stake in Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay Island.
The ‘game-changing’ bridge would end the disastrous ferry service at the port of Caticlan.
San Miguel told the Inquirer that “We proposed the idea for them to bid out. For us, it’s okay if there are other bidders.”
San Miguel says the bridge would decongest the region with its massive tourist influx, allowing many to stay in Caticlan and travel into Boracay Island.
Caticlan is a first-class municipality of Malay, Aklan. The region is home to the only fly-in airport to reach Boracay. San Miguel is currently working on a private venture to upgrade the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport to assist those heading into Boracay, the bridge project would be an added bonus for those wanting to stay off the island.
Currently the upgrade of the airport has been completed, now San Miguel Corp. hopes to construct a completely new terminal.
Currently the Caticlan Airport can accommodate larger jets, before the runways were too narrow and too short to offer services to bigger commercial airlines.
San Miguel Corp. invested in a $300-million venture to upgrade Caticlan Airport and construct a 5,000-room hotel, convention centre and retail complex.
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