The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the local government of Malay have brought down 229 establishments in Boracay in line with the 12-meter road-widening project.
DPWH said they are rushing the demolition works as they only have one month to complete the road clearing operation which includes water lines, electric posts and coconut trees that affect the road widening project.
According to record of the local government, there are 579 establishments in three barangays that need to be cleared. However, the agency admitted they could only clear those from Cagban Port to Balabag Yapak boundary given the six-months time so they appeal for the public’s cooperation.
“Pipilitin po naming matapos. Ang importante lang po rito mag-cooperate po lahat ng mga stakeholders na matulunga kami,” Aklan District Engineer Noel Fuentebella said.
(We will do our best to finish it. What’s important is the stakeholders cooperation in our efforts.)
DPWH has allotted P490 million for the Phase 1 of the project which covers 5.26-kilometer road.
Road widening works will begin once the clearing operation is finished by end of May. Those who would refuse to provide a right of way will be referred to the LGU for appropriate action.
“Second week pa lang namin ngayon marami na kaming na-demolish. Binigay namin ang mga contact number namin na if they want, willing po kaming tawagan kami and we will schedule it para matulungan sila,” Fuentebella said.
(It’s only our second week but we have already demolished a lot. We gave our contact numbers to [establishments] so they can call us for any help and we will schedule it.)
– Lalaine Moreno | UNTV News & Rescue
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