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This is how Boracay looks like, then and now

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 16 2018 07:25 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2018 07:50 PM

Four months into the closure order of the world-famous tourist destination, how is Boracay island doing?

ABS-CBN News was able to document what was happening on the island days before the six-month closure order that started on April 26, and its team went back to check how rehabilitation operations were doing after the halfway point.

The government has identified several key issues that need to be addressed before giving a green light for its reopening to tourists on October 26.

Foremost among the problems is the sewage system, which prompted the "cesspool" description made by President Duterte after a drainage pipe was learned to have been dumping dirty water into Bulabog beach.

Before the closure, hordes of tourists also stretched the island's infrastructure and despite the mushrooming of big resorts and points of interests, the shabby road network resulted in city-like traffic jams.

Here is the status of some of these projects and other key areas in the ongoing rehabilitation of what was previously the country's main tourist draw.

 

WILLY'S ROCK. The beach fronting the iconic landmark of Boracay island, famous for its powdery white sands and azure waters, on April 24 and almost four months later on August 14. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

BEACHCOMBERS. The last few tourists stroll along White Beach on April 24 days before the closure of the island and a few residents walking on the same area on August 13, a little more than halfway through its six-month closure. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

MAIN ROAD. The island's one and only highway, which runs from end to end, goes under construction on May 2; on August 14, road works remain ongoing. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

TOWN CENTER. The main road, which cuts through the main business district, on April 26 and more than three months after on August 13. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

ROAD-WIDENING. The last remaining tourists on April 26, and workers do roadwork on August 13. One of the priority projects is the widening of the two-lane road and the installation of a proper drainage to prevent clogged waterways, which caused flooding before the closure. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

CIRCUMFERENTIAL ROAD. A new road, which leads to Bulabog beach on the other side of the island, at the start of construction on April 30; on August 14, the same road is partly cemented. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

BULABOG BEACH. Construction on Bulabog beach for a kilometer-long drainage outfall to prevent the dumping of rain and treated water near the beach at the start of the project on April 25; on August 13, several meters have been laid down. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

D'MALL. Tourists walk near establishments by the beach front on White Beach on April 24; on August 14, workers lay down a sewage pipe at the same spot. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

BUSINESS DISTRICT. Motorists pass through the main road at the center of the business district on April 24; the road is still being repaired three months later on August 13. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

DRAIN PIPE. Bulabog beach with one of the pipes discharging drain water pictured on April 27; on August 14, an outfall pipe is being put up, a device meant to drain rainwater and treated wastewater a kilometer out into the sea. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News