First District Congressman Chicoy Alvarez has confirmed Friday, July 14, that construction of roads in the island towns and in Dumaran are already in the pipeline following his request to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for budget allotment.
Congressman Alvarez recognized the need to address the dilapidated roads leading to emerging tourist destinations like Dumaran, Cuyo, and Busuanga.
“Sa budget sa 2018 mayroon tayong proposal na sana masemento na yung mga kalsada sa isla. Kausap natin ang DPWH and hopefully kahit maikli lang muna. Ang importante masimulan na ang highway kasi kapag nasimulan magtutuloy-tuloy na ‘yan,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez underscored the tourism potential of island towns like Cuyo, Magsaysay, Culion, Coron, Busuanga, Araceli and Dumaran wherein the environment and the beauty of these places could be the main source of livelihood of the people.
The town of Dumaran is one of last areas in northern of Palawan that still have unpaved roads and unpassable wooden bridges which affect the economy of the town. “Sana maayos na itong kalsada namin. Grabe ang hirap sa pagbabyahe at matagal,” said Jose Salamoding, a resident of Dumaran.
Alvarez said that he is now focusing on the concreting of national highway going to Sta. Teresita, Dumaran.