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Infrastructure Framework

The existing road network of the Province is 1,090 kilometers long. It comprises 980 kilometers of road in rural areas, while 110 kilometers are in urban centers. Of these, 281 kilometers are made of concrete, 11 kilometers of asphalt, 661 kilometers of gravel, and 137 kilometers of earth.

Local roads are categorized as follows: provincial, municipal/city and barangay or farm-to-market road. In general, the conditions of these roads need improvement to facilitate  the development of the province and make travel more accessible and comfortable.

The Bancasi Airport is the airport nearest to Agusan del Norte. The modernization and upgrading of the airport is underway. The project consists of runway extension, construction of new terminal complex and other related facilities. The airport, however, needs to acquire more and better facilities and equipment to enhance the efficiency of its operations.

A total of 199.11 kilometers of road has to be constructed in the province. Most of the new roads are built to cover the inadequate roadways at the urban centers, raising their accessibility level where human settlements are densest. To provide convenient links in all production areas identified, 63.02 kilometers of roads shall be constructed in the rural areas. All rural road networks leading to urban barangays must always be serviceable or operational by upgrading and maintaining them at their serviceability level.

The 137 kilometers of earth roads shall be upgraded into graveled roads, while the existing 661 kilometers of graveled roads shall be upgraded either into concrete or asphalt roads. The required bridges are also to be constructed and rehabilitated.

The Cabadbaran-Surigao del Norte and the Cabadbaran-Agusan del Sur roads spanning a length of more or less 30 kilometers will improve links with neighboring provinces. The completion of major roads linking Agusan del Norte to the neighboring provinces will reinforce the primacy of Cabadbaran as the provincial capital of the province.

The expansion of the capacity and enhancement of facilities at the Nasipit Port shall be supported, as it handles increasing port activities by the year 2017.  The port of Nasipit would strengthen the province’s position as the gateway to the northeastern and southeastern parts of Mindanao. The construction of another port in Cabadbaran would serve the increased volume of passengers in the next 10 years. River ports in Magallanes and Las Nieves shall also be constructed to draw more businesses in those areas. Marine transport services to all coastal municipalities shall also be improved.

The telecommunication and postal services of the province will be improved with the provision of modern gadgets and facilities. Telephone companies are to be encouraged to service the municipalities of Tubay, Santiago, Jabonga, Las Nieves and Kitcharao by installing a landline network so that communication link throughout the province is achieved. Cell sites for wireless phone shall be installed in inner barangays. Radio stations, media facilities, and cable television services shall be made available in all municipalities.

Support will also be given to the full-scale computerization program in all municipalities. This is geared towards increasing efficiency in revenue-generating operations. With the proper and full utilization of computer technology, the envisioned linkage of provincial and municipal offices can be achieved through this network.

Expansion of transmission lines, construction of a generating plant, construction of additional sub-stations and standardized power facilities should meet the needed demand for electricity in the urban population. A total of 167 barangays are energized covering 1,681 sitios or 48,598 household are provided with electricity. A total of 104 unserved sitios in rural barangays are to be connected with electricity by extending grid lines. For areas that cannot be reached by these grid lines, the Solar Power Technology shall be applied.

To mitigate effects on climate change, use of alternative energy sources like hydropower, biofuels and natural gas generation shall be dessiminated and promoted.

To meet the increasing demand for sanitary drinking water in the urban areas by year 2017, additional installation and upgrading of all urban water facilities into level III water systems shall be instituted. All Level I water system in the rural areas shall be upgraded to Level II water system. However, development of water source shall be enhanced to meet the increasing demand for water for domestic, industrial, agriculture and other economic uses based on technology that will not adversely affect the environment. The formulation of appropriate policy and legal reforms concerning exploitation of water shall be promoted to ensure the sustainability of water source development. The improvement of existing water supply systems and expansion of their coverage shall be pursued in a sustainable manner.

Due to the decreasing and/or depleting supply of groundwater, it is recommended that tapping surface water sources be explored.

To improve productivity in agricultural areas, additional 15,804 hectares of rice farms shall be irrigated. The existing irrigated areas and irrigation facilities are to be rehabilitated to make it effectively operational. This will bring to realization the attainment of food sufficiency in rice and corn, and enhance the production of high value crops.

The dike system of the province shall be expanded, and most riverbanks stabilized with

trees and other stabilizing structures. Additional flood control, drainage systems and sewerage facilities shall be constructed while existing facilities shall be rehabilitated or improved. Top priority will be given to identified flood-prone areas.