The 919-kilometer Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) covering 17 cities, towns and islands that will reduce by 17 hours the travel time using the usual land and sea routes will provide the backbone for the development of tourism and agricultural industries, by enhancing the accessibility of unique tourist destinations west of the Philippines.
The nautical highway aims to accelerate the development of the country's southern islands by opening an alternative and low-cost trade, travel, and tourism route in the country's looming western growth corridor by making Oriental Mindoro as its gateway.
The SRNH covers the 17 provinces and cities of Oriental Mindoro, Tagaytay (Cavite), Marinduque, Romblon, and Batangas in Luzon; Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Capiz, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Guimaras, and Siquijor, in the Visayas; and Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Dapitan City in Mindanao.
Roxas town, some 124 kilometers south at the tip of this city, will serve as the gateway to other destinations, such as San Jose, in Occidental Mindoro, Boracay, Romblon, and Palawan.
Pinamalayan town in central Oriental Mindoro was assigned as the jump-off point to Marinduque. Puerto Galera, a world-famous resort in Oriental Mindoro, could be easily reached through Batangas and Calapan cities.
These islands will be interconnected by land and sea routes using roll on-roll off (RO-RO) passenger and cargo vessels, ferryboats, and fastcrafts and other modes of land transportation.
The project will enhance investment opportunities for agro-industrial, commerce, trade and tourism, and also provide efficient and convenient travel movement of local and international tourists and investors through shorter travel time and cheaper transportation costs.