Cooperative doubles boat fares in Boracay due to fuel price hike

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The Caticlan Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CBTMPC) has 60 motorized bancas and five fiberglass vessels operating in the island.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) —  Two weeks before Boracay island's soft reopening, the Caticlan Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CBTMPC) said they will jack up boat fares to counter the fuel price hike.

CBTMPC chairman Godofredo Sadiasa filed the petition approved by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in Iloilo City on October 10.  The cooperative is the only public boat transport group operating in the island with 60 motorized bancas and five fiberglass vessels.

Those disembarking at the White Beach boat station 2 (Balabag) and boat station 3 (Manoc-Manoc) from the Caticlan jetty port in mainland Malay will pay ₱50 from the previous ₱25. This will take effect on October 26.

Discounted fares of ₱42.50 for students, and ₱40 for senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) will be in effect.

Motorized pumpboats operators will now charge ₱1,200 for one-way chartered trips to the island.

The boat stations will accommodate passengers from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. only, and will shift to the Manoc-Manoc cargo area at night.

All passengers taking the Caticlan jetty port reclamation area-Manoc-Manoc cargo area route during the day will still pay the old boat fare of ₱25. At night, the boat fare will remain at P30 per passenger.

Boat stations were transferred temporarily to the main beach by Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) due to the ongoing construction of drainage systems.