"Underground River" road near completion
CORON,Palawan, Oct. 28 (PNA) -- The concreting of road leading to sitio Sabang, barangay Cabayugan where the world renowned nature wonder "Underground River" is located, is 80 percent completed.

This was announced by Mayor Edward Hagedorn, adding that approximately 10 kilometers are subject for concrete construction.
"Hopefully, before the end of this year, it would be 90 percent finish", Hagedorn added.

He said the Sabang road needs more funding allocation because prices of construction materials, including cement, have dramatically increased.

He said the prevailing price for every kilometer is currently pegged at P15 million.

"If the Sabang road's length is 30 kilometers, it needs 450 million pesos", he explained.

Hagedorn said that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has initially released P100 million for the asphalting of the road.

But PNA observed that some of the asphalt road were destroyed.

Hagedorn has allocated another P120 million out of his P270 million Malampaya fund earlier released by the national government.

President Arroyo ordered to improve the road leading to Underground River, which is currently number one in the ongoing search for New 7 Wonder of Nature.

The Underground River and the Tubbataha Reef off Sulu Sea are among the World Heritage sites and cited as great tourist destinations in the country because of their natural wonder. (PNA)