PNoy mulls on disrupting beach or forest cover in building a road link between 2 Mindoro provinces

POSTED: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

CALAPAN CITY – Malacañang has announced its plan of building a circumferential road that will connect the provinces of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro and this is expected to increase tourism and commerce in the province.  

However, there is hitch of problem of continuing this: The road will disrupt either the beach or the forest.

On Friday, August 29, President Benigno C. Aquino III, in his fourth official visit to Oriental Mindoro, explained to local residents that about 20 kilometers of road is being set to be built to connect the northern part of Oriental Mindoro to Occidental Mindoro.

 

The government’s dilemma in building the Puerto Galera (in Oriental Mindoro) – Abra de Ilog (in Occidental Mindoro) road section, however, lies in the environmental effect of the construction.

Mr. Aquino said in Tagalog that the problem (in the said road construction) is either it will disrupt the beach in the two areas or it will cause setbacks in the forest there, which will surely oppose by environmental activists.

“So this is what the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) is trying to decide on now.  Who will they anger: those who want to preserve the coastline for tourism purposes or those who want to preserve our rainforest?”

And the President admitted this was part of the role of the executive, and “(this is) something we have to do.”

He said, however, that the benefits the road will bring will outweigh the bad, adding it will boost tourism and create livelihood for local residents.  Aquino also said this would hasten the trade of products and services.

The chief executive vowed to “minimize the impact on the environment” and expressed hope that the “road needed by the people” will finally be constructed.

Aquino was in Puerto Galera on August 29 where he was briefed on the major infrastructure projects in Oriental Mindoro.

Aside from roads, the President said the government is also rehabilitating ports and airports in the two Mindoro provinces, including airports in Pinamalayan, San Jose, Lubang and Calapan, and ports in San Jose, Calapan, Bulalacao.

He said flood control facilities have also been put in place in various areas in the province, as well as 152 farm-to-market roads that have benefitted 31,300 farmers.  He said irrigation facilities are also undergoing construction to help the continuous development of the agriculture sector.(By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)

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