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Marinduque Province focuses on road improvements

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In support to the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program, the provincial government of Marinduque is continuously strengthening the improvement of core and priority rural roads in the province to give access to the local populace, particularly farmers. Most of the priority road infrastructures of the provincial government are leading to production and tourism areas.

In 2016, the provincial government of Marinduque has embarked in the DILG-KALSADA Program  which is now the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP)  for road repair, rehabilitation, and improvement. 

In the first semester of 2018, the province completed two road projects; the Caigangan-Bagtingon Road in Buenavista amounting to P12,209,387.60, accomplished on June 2018; and the Boac-Mogpog via Tagwak-Danao, Mataas na Bayan Road amounting to P43,594,974.53.

Moreover, another new road construction and upgrading in the province of Marinduque is the eight (8)-kilometer long Balanacan–Hinanggayon Road in Mogpog that gives easy access to the Luzon Datum Marker of 1911. This is a convergence project of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

With the new tourism access road built with an approximate cost of 180 million pesos (Phases 1 and 2), Luzon Datum has gained more visitors who want to experience a leisurely trip and capture souvenir photos taken right at the center of the Philippines. Luzon Datum not only offers a refreshing bird’s eye view of the northwestern coastlines of Marinduque but also an uplifting spiritual pilgrimage experience with the addition of a concrete statue of Our Lady of Piat nearby.

Luzon Datum Marker is the geodetic reference center of the Philippines where all geodetic surveys in the country are referenced from, not to mention the reference point of all geographic positioning systems (GPS) in the globe. It was placed by the United States Coast and Geodetic Surveys (USCGS) in 1911 in a prominent high spot northwest of Marinduque Island for easy access and referencing.