Linking the Philippine Islands Through Highways of the sea


To reduce the high cost of transporting goods from Mindanao to Manila, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order 170 in January 2003. The EO defined the roll-on/roll-off (RO-RO) transport policy. Amendments and memorandum circulars were later on introduced and aimed at improving and strengthening the policy.

The goal is to establish an integrated national highway system consisting of both road and nautical networks. The system would promote and facilitate seamless movement of people and goods from Mindanao to Luzon through the Visayas.

To date, the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) consists of the Western and Eastern nautical networks as well as lateral RO-RO links that provide east-west connections. Soon to be completed is the Central nautical highway that will connect Luzon and Mindanao through the island provinces of Masbate, Cebu, Bohol and Camiguin.

Source InstitutionThe Asia Foundation
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Page Count85
Place of PublicationPasig City
Original Publication DateApril 1, 2008