Philippine Nautical Highway System
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The Philippine Nautical Highway System, also the Road Roll-on/Roll-off Terminal System (RRTS) or simply the RoRo System, is an integrated network of highway and vehicular ferry routes which forms the backbone of a nationwide vehicle transport system in the Philippines. It is a system of roads and ports developed by the Philippine government to connect the major islands of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. The 919 kilometer nautical highway was opened to the public on April 12, 2003 as the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH).
Detailed description and impact
Its route covers the provinces and cities of Oriental Mindoro, Tagaytay City (Cavite), Marinduque, Romblon, and Batangas City 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.
This system reduced the previous usual travel time by 17 hours to the different key cities, enhancing the accessibility of the prime tourist destinations, and minimizing the handling expenses of goods, all over the country.
Several bus companies operate routes using the nautical highway, including ALPS, Dimple Star Transport, Ceres Transport, Bachelor Express, Valisno Express and PHILTRANCO. Each operates multiple daily bus trips over the SRNH between Manila bus terminals sited in Cubao and Pasay, and Iloilo City, with connections available in Iloilo for onwards transportation. The SRNH segment between Manila and Iloilo runs by road to Batangas City, by ferry to Calapan, by road to Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, by ferry to Caticlan (gateway to Boracay, located in Malay, Aklan) and onwards by road to Iloilo City. Private van transport is generally available for hire over individual SRNH road segments, and the ferry segments accept walk-aboard passengers as well as vehicles.
- Pan-Philippine Highway
- Transportation in the Philippines
- Department of Transportation and Communications
- Department of Public Works and Highways
- "Where is the Ferry Industry Now?" (PDF). Maritime Industry Authority. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
- "Strong Republic Nautical Highway". The Macapagals website. pp. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo SRNH Initiative page. Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2006-09-25. (archived from the original on 2007-08-19).
- "Starting Saturday, April 12, Strong Republic Nautical Highway opened to public". Government of the Philippines. 2003-04-11. Retrieved 2006-09-23.
- San Juan, Rick (2005-05-05). "From Baguio to Zambo by Bike on the SRNH". Retrieved 2006-09-23.
- A map of the SRNH is available on the Philippines Department of Agriculture web site.
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