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Big food firms converge in Palawan with nearing completion of P900M BIMP-EAGA highway

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A 50-kilometer, P900-million road project in the town of Bataraza in Palawan province, which will connect to the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) roll-on/roll-off port, is expected to boost southern Palawan’s economy before the end of the year.

Provincial information officer Gil Acosta Jr. said Tuesday the road project that would connect “the bustling mining community” of Barangay Rio Tuba to Barangay Buliluyan in Bataraza is expected to be completed soon.

“It will link the BIMP-EAGA roll-on/roll-off (RORO) port in Buliluyan to the arterial road network in the mainland when it opens its doors in the first quarter of 2018 for tourists and merchants from destinations like Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia,” Acosta said in a statement.

Quick to capitalize on upcoming BIMP-EAGA highway, major agricutlure firms such as Del Monte Philippines, Kennemer Foods, Agumil, and Singapore’s Lionheart Ltd. have established their respective bases of operations in the south in the municipalities of Brooke’s Point, Bataraza, Rizal, Quezon and Sofronio Espaňola. (PNA)