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 as per DPWH Regional Ditector Wilfredo Mallari.
The Mindoro Island Circumferential Road, also known as Puerto Galera-Abra de Ilog road, is now 60 percent completed, according to Mallari.
It has a combined length of 18.2 kilometers traversing the northern part of Puerto Galera (Talipanan Section) with 2.9 kilometers on the Oriental Mindoro side, and Abra de Ilog (Camurong Section) with 15.2 kilometers in Occidental Mindoro.
When completed, the P1.8-billion circumferential road will reduce travel time from Calapan City, the capital of Oriental Mindoro, to Mamburao, capital of Occidental Mindoro, from six hours to two hours.
Coastal and mountainous areas in Mindoro will also be more accessible, Mallari said. It 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 Circumferential Road Project, which commenced in 2014, is also provided with provisions of slope protection, drainage, lined canals and road safety requirements.