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Palawan Gov. Alvarez bares major infrastructure projects to enhance connectivity in the province

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Palawan Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez bared that his administration will pursue major infrastructure projects that will enhance connectivity in the province.

Alvarez said in his inaugural address that before the year ends, the two RORO ports in San Fernando, El Nido and Borac in Coron will be operational to accommodate RORO vessels that will serve the Palawan-Mindoro-Batangas-Manila route and vice versa.

The said projects, according to the Capitol, are seen to boost connectivity of the province to its neighbors in the MIMAROPA region as well as the metropolitan Manila.

“By then, we can drive our cars up north, hop into a RORO vessel, disembark in Batangas port and drive all the way to Manila,” the governor added.

Aside from the said ports, Alvarez also noted the construction of the two regional airports in Coron and Balabac that are currently underway.

“The improvement of the Coron airport is funded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) while Balabac airport is a partnership between the provincial government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines through the Philippine Air Force (PAF),” the province said.

“With improved air and sea connectivity, Palawan is poised to snatch a big chunk of tourist arrivals in the country in the years to come. Tourist arrivals in the local shores is experiencing dramatic increase in recent years. The province is targeting 4-5 million arrivals in three to five years,” it added.