The coastal and mountainous areas of Mindoro will be more accessible as the Department of Public Works and Highways’ is more than halfway complete in the construction of Mindoro Island Circumferential Road.
According to Regional Director Wilfredo Mallari, the completion of the project will also pave the way for the socio- economic development projects and programs of the Provinces of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro with a significant impact of alleviating poverty in the influence areas.
The Mindoro Island Circumferential Road, also known as Puerto Galera-Abra de Ilog road, has a combined length of 18.2 kilometers traversing the northern part of Puerto Galera (Talipanan Section) with 2.9 kilometers in Oriental Mindoro side and Abra de Ilog (Camurong Section) with 15.2 kilometers in Occidental Mindoro.
When completed, the circumferential road will reduce travel time from Calapan City (capital of Oriental Mindoro) to Mamburao (capital of Occidental Mindoro) from six (6) hours to two (2) hours.
“The road will surely generate jobs that will provide means of livelihood and access to basic services such as schools, hospitals and markets will also be easier,” said Director Mallari.
The Mindoro Circumferential Road Project which commenced in 2014 is also provided with provisions of slope protection, drainage, lined canals and road safety requirements.