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IN PHOTOS: Boracay halfway through rehab

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2018 01:52 AM | Updated as of Aug 15 2018 09:42 AM

After almost four months into Boracay's closure and rehabilitation, activities on the island are at full pace as the government sets its sight for its reopening on October 26.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has said the government is confident it can reopen the world-famous destination to tourists after the six-month closure.

The beach seems ready to accommodate the thousands of tourists again, with the season of green algae growth now over and the powdery white sands and azure waters allowed to take a breather during the long break.

The once thriving commerce has temporarily been replaced by small vendors and businesses catering to the few residents who have remained and the army of construction workers servicing both the government and private sector.

But elsewhere on the island, the sights and sounds of the frenetic pace of reconstruction is most obvious. The government has targeted the widening of the main highway and the clamp down on sewage disposal as two of its main objectives during the closure. Resources, both manpower and material, are concentrated on those two areas.

The Jetty Port in Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay Island, is devoid of tourists on August 13, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Most establishments are closed as rehabilitation goes full swing in the first four months of the closure in Boracay, August 13, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Excavation of the main road for pipeworks continues. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Workers lay down the foundations of the drainage system on the main road. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Local schoolchildren pass a portion of the main road under construction. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Workers lay down a pipe on the main road for use in the sewage system. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Residents have the beach on their own with most of the big establishments closed. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The portions of White Beach are covered, with no tourists araound. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Residents enjoy White Beach on their own even as rehabilitation goes full swing. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Young residents enjoy White Beach on their own. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A local enjoys White Beach with just residents allowed on the beach. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Young residents play on White Beach. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Some businesses have opted to have their construction and rehabilitation of their own establishments coincide with the closure. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A new sewage line is being laid down in front of the establishments on White Beach. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A new sewage line is being laid down in front of the establishments on White Beach. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Commercial establishments that have violated easement are readied for demolition on White Beach. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A vendor sells barbecue on sticks on the shores of White Beach to cater to the few residents and workers. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Rainy days mean puddles of mud on the main road traversing the whole of Boracay. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Work goes on into the night on the main road traversing the whole of Boracay. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Motorists pass by the partially built main road during the rehabilitation. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Motorists pass by the partially built main road as rehabilitation goes full swing. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Workers build the pavement which will be part of the alternate road to Bulabog beach. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Workers build the road leading to Bulabog beach. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The outfall pipe for drainage water stretching almost a kilometer out into the sea is being built on Bulabog beach. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The outfall pipe for drainage water stretching almost a kilometer out into the sea is being built on Bulabog beach. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News