KIDAPAWAN CITY: The new national road dubbed “The Dream Road” connecting the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon was opened to the public after decades of hope.
The 75-kilometer road also made closer the isolated towns of Wao and Amai Manabilang, former known as Bumbaran, with other 37 towns of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City.
Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr., said the opening of the new road also shortens the travel of Maranaos and the public in North Cotabato and Davao region without passing the cities of Iligan and Cotabato.
In the past, residents of mainland Lanao del Sur, have to travel six to eight hours to reach the said areas en-route to Iligan City in Lanao del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental and Maramag town in Bukidnon.
The Adiong said the access road, locally known also as Wao-Maguing road, would also benefit farmers to embark on trade with nearby provinces and contribute to the long stagnant local economy in the province.
Lanao del Sur exchange goods mainly on rice, corn, coconuts, cassava and various fresh fishes from Lake Lanao, the second largest and second deepest lake in the country.
The dream road project was initially projected in late 1950 in the time of Adiong’s grandfather, former Sen. Ahmad Domocao Alonto Sr., but it was delayed and blamed to Adiong’s political rivals in the region.