By Glen S. Ramos
POLILLO Island, Quezon – Residents and tourists will soon be able to travel easily around Polillo Island in Quezon Province as the Department of Public Works and Highways continues in improving the island’s road network traversing its three (3) municipalities.
DPWH Quezon 1st District Engineer Ma. Chymbelin D. Ibal said that the project is ongoing to build approximately 23.10-kilometers of 2-lane road to connect the towns of Polillo, Panukulan, and Burdeos.
“This tourist-haven island of Polillo offers world-class beach and island destinations. With its very promising tourism potential, its existing road network will not be sufficient to cater to the expected influx of tourist arrivals,” explained Ibal.
The construction of Polillo-Panukulan-Burdeos Road is one (1) of DPWH priority projects in the province as it will provide the necessary interconnectivity of different tourism destinations and serve as the main thoroughfare in Polillo Island, directly benefiting the livelihood of locals.
The entire road network project has an estimated total cost of P1.212 billion.
To date, DPWH has already completed 6.75 kilometers of the road with a corresponding P357.27 million funding release.
When completed, Polillo-Panukulan-Burdeos Road will traverse Barangays Balungay, Bato, Milawid and Calasumanga in the Municipality of Panukulan, Barangays Binibitinan, Taluong and Salipsip in the Municipality of Polillo, connecting to the existing Polillo-Burdeos Provincial Road.
Polillo Island, despite being a remote island that is 3-4 hours of boat ride away from the main island of Quezon, is frequented by beach-goers and backpackers who want to swim in the crystal-clear waters of Anilon Island, Anawan Island, and Kabalo Sandbar among others. (ai/mtvn)