05/23/11 - BUCAS GRANDE, Surigao del Norte – Discussions are underway on the construction of a Php 500 million nautical highway project that will connect connect mainland Surigao, Bucas Grande Island and Siargao Island.
The nautical highway project will be presented during the first Regional Development Council meeting on Sunday with the NEDA and other concerned government agencies.
The route will provide businessmen an alternative way to transport their cargoes from different parts of the Philippines.
On the other hand, 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, said Gov. Sol F. Matugas, who was appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino lll as the new chair of the Regional Development Council.
It was gathered that the DPWH 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.
“We are determined to push this project because we know that this will boost our tourism and fishing industry in this part of Mindanao,” said Surigao del Norte solon Rep. Francisco T.. Matugas. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)