Boracay, which has recently undergone an expansive rehabilitation project, is scheduled to reopen for business and tourism very soon. During a Malacañang press briefing on the island’s reopening, Department of Transportation (DOTr) assistant secretary Mark de Leon outlined the government’s plans for the island’s transport system.
The Boracay Task Force, along with the Department of Energy, Grab, Hirna, and Southwest, has announced the New Boracay Integrated Transport System. Under this scheme, the island will now be home to a combination of fixed-route jeepneys and e-trikes.
“[To] those familiar with Boracay, common knowledge is the overcharging of fares of the tricycle drivers,” de Leon said. “Some tourists complained about the charging of P100 to P150 per ride sa mga tricycles.”
The assistant secretary explained that the new transport system will use contactless payment cards and wristbands, which tourists can purchase and use across the jeepneys and e-trikes on the island. The tap cards and wristbands can be bought as daily or weekly passes. The modern PUVs will come from Grab, while the e-trikes can be booked through Hirna. Solar-powered shuttles will also be available from Southwest.
The PUVs come equipped with Wi-Fi, CCTV, and GPS. They’ll only be allowed to stop at designated waiting sheds. The DOTr plans to build an additional 20 sheds for passengers, with monitors showing the PUV arrival and departure times.
Assistant secretary de Leon added that discounts on the fares for these new vehicles will be given to senior citizens, and rides will be free for children below 12 and persons with disabilities. Free rides on the jeepneys are available upon the island’s reopening until December.
For a primer on Boracay’s new transport system, you can check out the DOTr’s video below.