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PGMA inaugurates P45-million Talisay City Hall of Justice

TALISAY CITY, Cebu (28 April) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the inauguration this afternoon of the newly-built P45-million Hall of Justice of Talisay City, Cebu which will house two regional trial courts and two municipal trial circuit courts.

Wearing a cool blue pant suit with blue espadrille sandals, the President cut the ceremonial ribbon, assisted by Vice President Noli de Castro, Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, and Cebu City Rep. Eduardo Gullas (1st District) who was the main author of Republic Act No. 9375 which provided for the construction of the Justice Hall.

The President was accompanied by Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano and Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Director General Cerge Remonde.

Funded with P35 million from the Presidentís Social Fund and P10 million from the Supreme Court, the construction of the two-storey building started in January last year.

Another Gullas project, which was supported by the President with construction funds, was the P805-million Naga-Toledo Road Improvement Project which was inaugurated earlier today for the President by Vice President De Castro. The road spans 35 kilometers, more than half of which lies in the first district and the remaining stretch in the third district.

Nine Team Unity candidates also joined the President at the Justice Hall inauguration, led by former Senate President Edgardo Angara who came first, followed by Senator Ralph Recto, Mike Defensor, Prospero Pichay, Cesar Montano, Vic Magsaysay, Sultan Jumalul Kiram, Miguel Zubiri, and Tito Sotto.

Speaking in the vernacular, the President shared a "memory aid" as she rooted for the Team Unity candidates with the acronym: "MaS PARA SA KiDZ Mo."

She explained to the crowd that it stands for Magsaysay, (Chavit) Singson, Pichay, Angara, Recto, Arroyo, Sotto, (Tessie) Aquino-Oreta, (Sultan) Kiram, Defensor, Zubiri and Montano.

From Talisay City, the President then motored to the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City for the awarding of the 32nd Visayan Qu'ran Reading Competition where some 5,000 Muslims based in Cebu and Bohol converged for the annual event.

Next stop for the President was the ground-breaking of the Cebu North Coastal Road Project in Paknaan, Mandaue City. One of the major development projects in Metro Cebu, it is envisioned to help improve the traffic condition in the existing road network leading to the northern towns of the province from Mandaue City.

The project will run parallel to the existing provincial road and will stretch through the coastal areas of Mandaue City and the towns of Consolacion and Liloan. It will be linked to the provincial road at Liloan town proper.

To be implemented in two stages, the project is estimated to cost a total of P2.3 billion. An initial amount of P100 million has been released for road right-of-way acquisition along the two approaches to the proposed Cansaga Bay Bridge, as well as for the opening of the road link with the existing provincial road. (OPS/PIA) [top]

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