05/18/11 - Philippines (PNA) -- Plans to connect Siargao Island, now a major tourism destination, to mainland Surigao City and to the rest of Mindanao through nautical highway is gaining headway.
This developed as concerned Philippine government agencies conducted a validation and coordination meeting in Siargao Island for the multimillion-peso construction of a nautical highway project.
The nautical highway project aims to connect mainland Surigao del Norte province, whose capital is Surigao City, to Bucas Grande Island, then to Siargao Island.
Official evaluators, mostly key officials coming from Caraga Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-2nd Surigao del Norte Engineering District Office, some non-governmental organizations (NGO) and people's organizations (PO) representatives and PPA Siargao Port Staff headed by Port Manager Proserfina Matugas–Coro toured Siargao Island then held the evaluation and validation meeting. (Manila Bulletin)