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Mayor pushes for Bagac-Mariveles road completion

MARIVELES, Bataan — With its on and off status of construction, Mariveles Mayor Jesse Concepcion has sought the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the completion of the  40-kilometer stretch Bagac-Mariveles road which is projected to become a premier eco-tourism business hub in Central Luzon.

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Now on his ninth year and last term as mayor of this industrial town, Concepcion said the complete rehabilitation of the Bagac-Mariveles coastal road, which was a vital road network before World War II, would definitely have a big impact on the province’s agro-industrial and tourism industry with an expected influx of local and foreign investors.

The construction of the strategic road was a brainchild of Gov. Abet Garcia and Rep. Tet Garcia, 2nd district, who had poured in millions of pesos for its construction in the past years.

The governor himself had already tried to pass through the mountainous road and saw for himself the necessity of the road project that will open the flood gates of economic development and tourism.

Travel time from Bagac to Mariveles via Alauli road will take at least two hours while it will only take 30 to 40 minutes if the new road is finished.

“Businessmen who are engaged in medical and leisure resorts, hotels and restaurants, housing and transport development projects and other tourism activities would enjoy the ambiance of the place which is facing the panoramic vista of the West Philippine Sea,” Concepcion said describing the potential of still unexplored areas of these two towns.

Concepcion explained that San Miguel Brewery, the country’s largest food conglomerate, is planning to start a renewable solar energy project and build an international seaport in the coastal village of Bian, as the government is getting ready to decongest Manila’s South Harbor.

Citing the importance of the road project, Concepcion stressed that when the road is completely rehabilitated, it will interconnect the two biggest Freeport zones in the country — Authority of Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) — which would further attract investments in the field of labor-intensive manufacturing and commercial enterprises.