07/26/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/26/2018 08:42
SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Infra Projects for Palawan-BIMP-EAGA Inter-Connectivity
26-July-2018, 10:13:32 PM
The House Committee on East ASEAN Growth Area on Wednesday discussed the status of infrastructure projects in Palawan that will connect the province to the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
The committee chaired by Rep. Mercedes Cagas (Lone District, Davao del Sur) heard the briefing of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region IV-B and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) on the status of Palawan's infrastructure projects.
The lawmakers also invited Governor Jose Alvarez to give an update on the status of Palawan's programs and projects in support of the vision and goals of the BIMP-EAGA as a traditional trade and commerce route to Malaysia
Alvarez said that Palawan will have three international airports that will be strategically placed at the north, south and middle area of the island province.
These will be in addition to four domestic air terminals or regional airports which will be put up to accommodate air travelers using large aircrafts coming from US, Europe and Asia. Likewise, several seaports will be constructed while the existing ones will be expanded to accommodate international cruise liners to address the fast-growing tourism industry in the province.
Moreover, Alvarez said the massive plans of the Palawan provincial government is to purposely expand and improve the ports to serve BIMP-EAGA inter-connectivity and accommodate tourists through this connection.
He explained that in Kudat and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, large cruise liners will be just five minutes away from attractive sandbars and white beaches.
'The cruise liners will travel for only five to 10 minutes to the north of the Pandanan Island which has a beautiful lagoon that can accommodate 2,500 tourists a day - but without hotels. Tourists will just go back to their ships and move out. That is the plan, which we intend to start at the end of the year', said Alvarez.
He also explained that the connectivity of Palawan to Manila will be done by expanding their connection with two more ports from the tip of the province, which is El Nido, to service a roll-on-roll-off (RORO) route to Coron.
This will be supplemented by building a road and port going to Burak and then to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro which will only take about three hours by RORO. Land travel from San Jose to Calapan, Oriental Mindoro will take about three hours while the Calapan-Batangas port trip will be about two hours by RORO, said Alvarez.
Chair Cagas commended Alvarez as the governor is able to fulfill his visions and advocacies for the development and progress of Palawan which would benefit the people of Palawan and the entire country as well.
Present during the hearing were Deputy Speaker Frederick Abueg (2nd District, Palawan), Reps. Orestes Salon (PL-AGRI), Glona Labadlabad (2nd District, Zamboanga del Norte), Maximo Rodriguez, Jr., (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), and Franz Alvarez (1st District, Palawan). The invited resource persons were Palawan provincial government public information officer Atty. Gil Acosta, Jr., PPA Engr. Nelson Caabay, Jr. and DPWH Region IV-B Assistant Regional Director Wilfredo Mallari./ J. Menorca