GOVERNOR Rodolfo del Rosario of Davao del Norte will continue to pursue hard infrastructures that intend to position the province at the development crossroad in Davao Region.

Del Rosario said several projects are in the pipeline to further open up the northern and southern corridors of the province, making Davao del Norte accessible to trade and commerce from nearly all directions.

Updates on President Benigno Aquino III's presidency

In addition to access highways from Davao City and the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, the opening of the Talaingod-Bukidnon road and the Carmen-Panabo coastal villages road has put Davao del Norte virtually at the crossroad of development in Davao Region.

However, to fully realize Davao del Norte's potential as a crossway of boundless opportunities, the province is gearing towards opening its borders with the province of Agusan del Sur, as well as another access to Davao City.

Del Rosario announced the opening of the Kapalong-Loreto, Agusan del Sur road on the North via the Barangays of Sua-on and Gupitan in Kapalong.

The project intends to bring unprecedented development to the far-flung barangays of Kapalong and San Isidro.

The governor also bared plans for the construction of a by-pass road in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Panabo City that is lying close to neighboring Municipality of Sto. Tomas.

Said road and bridge components will serve as an exit point for industrial traffic to Barangay Mahayag of Davao City on the South, without passing through Poblacion Panabo.

Once the Talaingod-Kapalong-Bukidnon road is opened, it is expected that heavier industrial traffic will converge in downtown Panabo as Bukidnon traders ply the Talaingod-Kapalong-Sto. Tomas roads en route to Davao City.

More than an alternate route, this will also trigger economic activities in the rural southern barangays of Panabo City, hence, balancing development with that of the coastal villages.

Del Rosario is also bent on constructing a RoRo port that would establish a sea route connecting either Tagum City, Carmen or Panabo City in the mainland to the wharf that is now being built by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Barangay Tagpopongan, Babak District of Igacos.

"With all these development, expect Davao del Norte to become a full-fledged development crossroad in the Davao region," del Rosario said, adding the "a lot of investments will surely come our way."

Even as his new administration is now refocusing its thrust on human-centered development, the governor said the province must be ready to receive the immense urban pressure that may build up within the province.

He urged all the local officials, business community, as well as all the sectors of society join hands in making the province a top choice for investments.