Strong Republic Nautical Highway
The Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH), opened under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Administration since April 12, 2003, is an integrated set of roads and ports that connects the three primary regions of the Philippines, which are Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.<ref>Starting Saturday, April 12, Strong Republic Nautical Highway opened to public. Government of the Philippines (2003-04-11). Retrieved on 2006-09-23.</ref> The nautical highway offers an efficient and short way to travel to Visayas and Mindanao through the western seaboard. The route provides businessmen an alternative way to transport their cargoes from different parts of the Philippines. For tourists and travelers, SRNH allows them to hop from one island to another and enjoy the scenery of the country in the comfort of their cars.
The 919 Kilometer SRNH is composed of three major routes. First is the Western Nautical Highway linking Manila and Dipolog connecting to the Central Nautical Highway in Cebu City. The Central Nautical Highway then links Pilar, Sorsogon and Balingoan. The last of the three major routes is the Eastern Nautical Highway, which is a link between the province of Biliran and Surigao City, connected to the Central Nautical Highway via Cataingan.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.<ref> Strong Republic Nautical Highway Gloria Macapagal Arroyo SRNH Initiative page. The Macapagals website. Retrieved on 2006-09-25.</ref>
At least two bus companies, Bachelor Express and Philtranco, operate 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.