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Validation, coordination meeting on the proposed Siargao Nautical Highway project set

A validation and coordination meeting relative to the proposed Siargao Nautical Highway project was recently conducted in Siargao Island, this province.

Led by the National Economic Development Authority - Caraga Regional Project Monitoring Committee (NEDA-RPMC) together with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2nd Surigao del Norte Engineering District Office, RPMC personnel with the PPA evaluators discussed the information and their evaluation on the proposed Nautical Highway Project that will connect mainland Surigao, Bucas Grande Island and Siargao Island with the presence of the LGU officials, DPWH 2nd SDN-EDO engineers, PPA-Siargao Port staff led by Port Manager Engr. Proserfina Matugas - Coro and selected recognized constituents of the 1st Congressional District of Surigao del Norte (Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands).

The Nautical Highway project begins in Brgy. Jayanggabon, Claver town with a new Roro port to be developed that will approximately cost P250 Million pesos and a complementary Roro port in Brgy. Doña Helene, Socorro, Bucas Grande Island will also be constructed costing around P100-150 Million pesos as per evaluation of PPA consultants.

Roro ports facilities include a modern passenger terminal for foreign and local travelers. Then, a 120-meter bridge will be installed in Brgy. Sering, Socorro crossing Pagaspas Island.

From Pagaspas Island another 30-meter bridge will be constructed connecting to the Middle Bucas Grande Island and a 30-meter bridge linking to Brgy. Consolacion, Dapa, Siargao Island will also be installed.

From Brgy. Consolacion, a road that will connect to Brgy. San Miguel will be constructed and in Brgy. San Miguel another Roro port will be developed. A complementary Roro port will also be constructed in Brgy. Jubang, Dapa and a road exiting to Brgy. Sta. Fe, Dapa will be improved to complete the nautical highway project.

The PPA consultants need to conduct an area inspection and consultation with the residents of Brgy. San Miguel and Brgy. Jubang, Dapa before they can make an estimate amount for the development of new Roro ports to the two sites which are part of the nautical highway.

The DPWH, represented by Engr. Wolter C. Mantilla, has committed to give its full assistance in the development of the roads that are part of the proposed nautical highway project as the said roads to be constructed will have to be national roads.

The nautical highway project offers an efficient and short way to travel to Bucas Grande Island and Siargao Island. The route will provide businessmen an alternative way to transport their cargoes from different parts of the Philippines. For tourists and travelers, the proposed nautical highway will allow them to hop from one island to another and enjoy the scenery of the islands in the comfort of their cars.

The project’s realization will surely improve the socio-economic condition in Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands as it provides employment and investment opportunities especially in tourism industry.

The proposed Siargao Nautical Highway project is a long term project of the Office of Congressman Francisco T. Matugas (1st District SDN), Office of Governor Sol F. Matugas of the Province of Surigao del Norte, PPA, NEDA, and DPWH with the endorsement of the Local Government Officials of Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands. (Michael Conte, DPWH-Surigao Norte 2nd Engineering District/PIA-Surigao Norte)

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