Traveling to the mountainous and coastal areas of Mindoro will soon be easier and quicker as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is currently more than halfway in finishing the Mindoro Islang Circumferential Road (MICR).

Also know as the Puerto Galera-Abra de Ilog Road, MICR is now 60% complete and will reduce travel time from Calapan City (capital of Oriental Mindoro) to Mamburao (capital of Occidental Mindoro) from six hours to just two hours. When finished, the MICR will have a combined length of 18.2 kilometers which will traverse the northern part of Puerto Galera (Talipanan Section), 2.9 kilometers in Oritenal Mindoro, and 15.2 kilometers in Abra de Ilog (Camurong Section) in Occidental Mindoro.

“The road will surely generate jobs that will provide means of livelihood and access to basic services such as schools, hospitals and markets will also be easier,” said Engineer Wilfredo Mallari, Regional Director of the DPWH in Region 4-B.

Aside from generating jobs and providing better access to basic services, Mallari added that the completion of the project will pave the way for the socio-economic development projects and programs for both Oriental and Occidental Mindoro.

The project is being built with a budget of Php 1.8 billion and was commenced back in 2014. Aside from building the road itself, MICR will also have provisions of slope protection, drainage, lined canals, and road safety requirements.