A major road network project linking the towns of Mabini and Lemery in Batangas is now being rushed  for completion, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Saturday, April 29. With a total budget cost of P5.3 billion, the Mabini-Bauan-San Luis-Taal-Lemery Road is a vital road link from mabini to Lemery towns “via the coastline alignment of Balayan Bay, traversing the towns of Bauan, San Luis and Taal, with a projected length of 21.71 kilometers.’’ “The improvement of the road connectivity is crucial given the province's expanding tourism sector,’’ the DPWH noted. The DPWH added that a huge number of people from Metro Manila had frequently chosen Batangas as their destination for a quick getaway because of the province's accessibility, adding that the project will dramatically reduce travel time from Lemery to Mabini. Aside from the reduced travel time, the project will also serve as an access road to the coastal parts of the municipalities of Bauan and San Luis, which will benefit the residents from the adjacent areas of San Pascual town and Batangas City among others. On Friday, April 28, DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan led other local and government officials in the groundbreaking ceremony of the multi-billion road project. Aside from Bonoan, those present in the event were DPWH Undersecretary for Operations Antonio V. Molano Jr., Deputy House Speaker Rep. Ralph G. Recto, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos, DILG Barangay Affairs Undersecretary to Chito Valmocina, Batangas Gov.  Hermilando Mandanos, Batangas 2nd District Rep. Gerville "Jinky Bitrics" Luistro, Cavite 2nd District Rep. Lanie Mercado-Revilla and San Luis Mayor Oscarlito Hernandez.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2023/4/29/dpwh-sets-sight-in-the-construction-of-a-major-batangas-road-network)