Locals and tourists in Coron, Palawan will soon be able to drive on better and safer roads. This comes after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced that they will widen the Coron-Busuanga Road from two-lanes into four-lanes.

According to Regional Director Wilfredo Mallari of DPWH Region 4B, the project is currently being undertaken to improve access to famous tourist destinations located in both the towns of Coron and Busuanga.

“A P100 million widening project of Coron-Busuanga Road is already ongoing to meet the high demand of tourists from F.B. Reyes International Airport in Busuanga going to Coron town proper and vice versa. Once completed, this will result in improved road safety and traffic flow especially during summer peak season,” said Mallari.

Despite already having PhP 100 million in funding, a total of PhP 2.26 billion will be needed in order to fully complete the widening project for the said road. Mallari is hopeful that funding for the project will continue as this will support Coron's tourism industry.

“Better roads will also provide convenience to locals especially small-scale traders transporting agricultural and fishery products to bigger markets,” added Mallari.

With the road itself measuring 73.6-kilometers in total, the DPWH Palawan First District has its work cut out. Here's to hoping that the road widening project will be done as soon as possible.