House OKs trans-Mindanao highway bill on 2nd reading
By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/07:10:57pm 09/02/2021
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A proposed legislation that would realize the construction of a trans-Mindanao highway that will establish an alternative road connecting some parts of Caraga and Northern Mindanao was approved on second reading at the Lower House recently, said Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez.
In a statement, Rodriguez said the proposal was contained in House Bill 2799, which he authored.
The proposed 240-kilometer road, he said, will connect Caraga and Northern Mindanao that goes all the way to the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental and that the construction of such would contribute to the development of Mindanao.
“At present, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur are isolated from western Mindanao due to absence of an east-to-west highway,” Rodriguez noted.
A new highway, the lawmaker added, would open up large tracts of agricultural land in Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Cagayan de Oro City to agricultural, commercial, residential, and industrial development.
The bill mandates the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to construct the 240-kilometer trans-Mindanao highway that would connect Tandag, Surigao del Sur to the Laguindingan International Airport in Misamis Oriental.
Rodriguez said the highway would pass through Prosperidad in Agusan del Sur and Malaybalay and Talakag in Bukidnon, which will connect with Talakag-Barangay Donsolihon road and the Barangay Donsolihon-Barangay San Simon-Laguindingan Airport highway.
The funds for the future trans-Mindanao superhighway are to be included in the proposed annual budget, he added.