GINGOOG CITY, Philippines (May 8, 2014) — The multi-million peso concreting of the Secondary National Highway linking the City of Gingoog and the Municipality of Claveria, Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao region is nearing its completion which would lessen remarkably the travel time from here to Cagayan de Oro City, the region’s booming capital, around 800 kilometers south of Metro Manila.
This highway named “Gingoog-Claveria Road” is around 50 kilometers stretch passing across the valley of the 2,300-meter Mt. Balatukan, the second highest mountain in Mindanao next to Davao’s Mt. Apo. It passes near the landmark structures of the Crash Site of the Cebu Pacific flight 387 in 1998 that claimed over a hundred lives, many of them were Gingoognons.
The concreting of this road has been a long-time dream for decades by the people in the region because it will reduce travel time by land from Gingoog City to Cagayan de Oro around one and a half hours. So, the current travel time which is two hours and a half, will become only one hour, or from Butuan City around two hours. Hence, the very positive impact on the economy and tourism in the region and nearby provinces has already been seen with the completion of this secondary national highway.
Sources from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), here said the expensive project has been financed around 50 million pesos every year by the national government. An update on the ongoing construction of the Gingoog-Claveria Road brings good news to the people here today because there are only four kilometers left before the concreting is completed. (By: LOR VILLA ENCENZO)