President Arroyo cites leading infra projects in NorMin
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (26 September) -- Improved infrastructure attracts more business to come in. Better infrastructure allows business to do things efficiently and effectively, thus increasing the country's competitiveness.
This is the message that Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conveyed to the people of Northern Mindanao when she visited Iligan City before she left for New York to address the United Nation's General Assembly, this week.
The President was in Iligan to address the business forum of the different business chambers and independent businessmen of the city and the whole province of Lanao del Norte.
"We are committed to consolidating the gains in new revenue by making long overdue investments in human and physical infrastructure that includes billion of pesos in education, health, training and infrastructure to upgrade the competitiveness of the Philippines," she said.
The President, particularly, mentioned in her speech which she delivered in the Visayan dialect the following infrastructure projects in Region 10 and its neighboring areas:
The Panguil Bay Bridge that will connect Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte and the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental that received almost Php1.0 billion funding and its civil works started February, this year.
The Iligan-Bukidnon Road with a budget of more than Php1.0 billion scheduled to be completed in 2012 with an initial release of Php50 million.
The Iligan Circumferential Road-3 which is actually a city road but whose feasibility study was conducted by the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and has a 2008 allocation of Php50 million from the city government.
Again, the President said Php200 million have been earmarked for the Farm-to-Market Roads (FMR) in Mindanao, this year, 24 of which will be constructed in Lanao del Sur and seven (7) others in Lanao del Norte to include the Tangkal-Tinago Road in Linamon, also of the same province, to improve its agriculture and tourism development.
Moreover, Pres. Arroyo said another Php200 million, out of the country's monthly allocation of Php500 million for irrigation projects will be used in the island.
"A great part of this allocation for Mindanao irrigation projects will be used to improve the Malaig Irrigation Project in Butig, Lanao del Sur," the President added. (PIA 10) [top]