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New port facility eyed in Boracay

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By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—There will be an additional port facility at world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.

In this April 2018 photo, children wade along the shore of the informal cargo port at world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan to catch small fishes. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) announced that construction will soon start for Boracay’s cargo port. (Tara Yap/ MANILA BULLETIN)

In this April 2018 photo, children wade along the shore of the informal cargo port at world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan to catch small fishes. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) announced that construction will soon start for Boracay’s cargo port. (Tara Yap/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Eduardo Goles, division manager of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) for Panay and Guimaras Islands, said construction will soon start for a cargo port at the resort island, which is scheduled to reopen to tourists on October 26.

Goles explained that Boracay lacks a formal port facility for boats transporting goods and other items needed by the resort island.

Boracay also lacks a port facility for the barge that carries garbage out of Boracay to mainland Malay.

The Cagban Port, which is familiar to tourists as the entry point, is usually reserved for passengers. Boats delivering goods to Boracay dock in an informal port nearby the Cagban Port.

PPA has recently secured permits for the new port facility and is targeting to finish it sometime next year.

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