P2 billion needed to finish Talaingod-Bukidnon road
Davao City (26 September) -- To cover construction of bridges, the Talaingod-Bukidnon Road will need more than P2 billion to completely pave the 75 kilometer stretch connecting Davao del Norte to Northern Mindanao.
Much have yet to be poured into the project but Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario have envisioned a substantial ripple effect to the economy of Davao del Norte once the project gets fully operational.
Part of the mega projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Talaingod-Bukidnon Road is expected to spell economic turn-around of the municipality of Talaingod where insurgency and poverty are said to be a twin problem.
In an interview, Del Rosario said insurgency in the province is much pronounced in Talaingod, but he has seen rebel groups to draw away from it as the road project opens gates for trading and commerce between Davao del Norte and Bukidnon through Talaingod.
Del Rosario is looking at Talaingod to reap gains of the road project noting its wide fertile land fit for production of fruits and agricultural crops for export through the Panabo wharf from where agri-products of Davao Region are being shipped to anywhere in the world.
In 2004, Del Rosario got a P50 million fund for the provincial government to bring the road construction to the boundary of Bukidnon but he said it was unfortunate that rebel groups burned some construction equipment.
As he gets back to seat this year as the provincial governor, P100 million has been made available to start off concreting the 1st 10 kilometers of the road project.
He is hopeful that another P500 million from the Department of Public Works and Highways would be poured into the project by 2008.
"We are hoping that we can push for its approval," he said referring to the DPWH 2008 appropriation for the road project. (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]