By Kuhlin Ceslie Gacula
Diversified multinational San Miguel Corp. (SMC) submitted on Wednesday an unsolicited proposal to the government for the construction of a P3 billion bridge linking Boracay island to Caticlan.
Weeks before the six-month closure of Boracay island, SMC President and COO Ramon S. Ang already explored the likelihood of building a bridge connecting the two islands, with an actual gap of 1.1 kilometers.
“We are going to submit the proposal for the unsolicited offer to build the bridge of Caticlan-Boracay (today)” Ang said after Tuesday’s annual shareholders’ meeting of Top Frontier Investment Holdings, Inc. Top Frontier is the majority owner of SMC with 66.09 percent shares.
He said the project could be completed within two years after securing approval from the government. The proposed bridge will be made of concrete and high enough to allow ships to pass underneath and include a pipe that can carry the sewage and waste from Boracay.
He added the Boracay-Aklan bridge would alleviate the congestion problem in Boracay as well as increase the supply of fresh water and electricity to the resort island.
Ang also said the 1.9-kilometer bridge would reduce the need for tourists and tourism workers to stay on the island and provide an option to relocate in Caticlan where there cost of living is cheaper. There will also be less pressure on the island’s resources, he added.