Two roads leading to a port and a seaweed plantation in Palawan are expected to be completed soon, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
A 9.92-kilometer tourism road traversing several villages to the newly-completed Port of Borac in Coron, Palawan is aimed for completion before the year ends.
The road project is implemented in three contracts, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.
It includes the construction of 3.25-kilometer road passing along Barangays of Decabobo, Buenavista and Turda costing P102.206 Million; 4.45-kilometer road passing along barangays of Guadalupe, San Nicolas, and Decabobo; and 2.22-kilometer road traversing the barangays of Guadalupe and San Nicolas.
Villar said these are on track for completion within the year and is expected to support Coron’s trade industry through easier access to and from the new Port of Borac.
The implementation of the road projects began in 2017 and 2018, in time for the construction of the new Borac Port by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
To date, the 3.25-kilometer road covering the Barangays of Decabobo, Buenavista, and Turda is now 88.49 percent completed; the 4.45-kilometer road in the villages of Guadalupe, San Nicolas, and Decabobo is now 98.78 percent completed; the 2.22-kilometer road traversing the barangays of Guadalupe and San Nicolas is now 78.75 percent completed.
“Concreted roads leading to ports are vital in tourism areas like the islands of Coron, which are reachable only either by planes or ferries,” Villar stressed.
A 2.12-kilometer access road leading to a seaweed plantation in Barangay Danleg in Dumaran, Palawan is also set for completion before 2020 ends.
“Before the end of the year, seaweed farmers of Dumaran, Palawan will have a much better road going to and from seaweed plantations,” Villar said.
“DPWH is now working on concreting the entire 2.12-kilometer local road in Barangay Danleg which is part of our convergence program together with the Department of Trade and Industries that aims to support small-scale entrepreneurs, most especially our local farmers,” he added.
The road project, which started in 2018, involves the opening and construction of a two-lane road that will hasten the delivery of seaweed products to other business centers in the island.
DPWH-PFDEO carried out the multi-year project under a P68.60 million from the 2018 and 2020 General Appropriations Act.