Catalyzing Development

August 18, 2006

Catalyzing Development

A MANGROVE SEEDLING farm in Puerto Princesa

The P1.6 billion Palawan North Road is a 134-kilometer (km) road stretching from the city to Roxas, cutting travel time from 4–5 hours to just 1.5 hours. The concrete road was made with a special concrete paver, making it much smoother than normal concrete roads. Engineers boast that it is a world-class road. The road, completed in 2004, is part of ADB’s Sixth Road project that aims to improve infrastructure in the countryside to boost economic development. The project, located along the northeast coast of Palawan, consists of the 80.34- km Puerto Princesa–Langogan road and the 54.14-km Langogan–Roxas road.

“These nice roads are a catalyst for development. Normally, investors, when they come, first look at the road network for the delivery of goods and products. Roads are a major aspect of development,” says Mayor Hagedorn. “We would like to thank ADB for making us a part of their major programs, particularly in infrastructure.”

The Palawan North Road boosts the tourism economy of the province, which is one of only two industries after agriculture. It leads to major tourism spots, including Honda Bay, Underground River, and its famed world-class resorts.

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The President & The Mayor

August 15, 2006

Mayor Hagedorn with PGMA

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is all smiles as she listens to a briefing conducted by Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn following the inauguration of the Puerto Princesa first engineered sanitary landfill in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Princesa City Friday (March 31). The project is the first local government-controlled sanitary landfill submitted for Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding in 1991 under the Philippine Regional Municipal Project. It will be implemented in six phases in an area of 26.9 hectares. (Rey Baniquet-OPS-NIB Photo)

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