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PIA Press Release
2008/02/15

Fast and safe alternate route to maharlika highway eyed

Cabusao, Camarines Sur (15 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday, February 13 lowered the ceremonial time capsule signaling the start of the P61-million Sipocot-Cabusao road improvement project here.

After lowering the capsule containing the road project master plan with several coins as good luck, President Arroyo also poured the coconut oil on the capsule hole assisted by Camarines Sur 1st district Rep. Dato Arroyo, Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr., Cabusao Mayor Norberto Genova, Pandan Barangay chair Purisima Ubaldo and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bicol regional director Orlando Roces.

"This is better instead of the traditional pouring of champagne wine," the President said.

DPWH regional director Roces in giving the project brief said that that the road project would be completed within the target period of construction.

The Sipocot-Cabusao road project has a total length of 16.927 kilometers with an existing concrete road of 11.257 kms; existing asphalt road of 1.765 kms. and gravel road of 3.905 kms.

Implemented by the DPWH and the Camarines Sur Ist District Engineering Office, the road project when finished shall serve as an alternate route in case of traffic impairment along the Maharlika Highway.

While in this town, President Arroyo also inaugurated the two newly-built school buildings and broke the ground for the construction of another school house intended for the grade school pupils of the Castillo Elementary School.

The first of the two-classroom school houses built by the Department of Education (DepEd) was funded by the Bicol Calamity Assistance and Rehabilitation Efforts (CARE) Fund with P878,000.

The second, a one-storey, two-classroom school building adjacent to the two-classroom UNICEF school building, was funded under Phase 1 of the UNICEF Netherlands School Building program. It was built at cost of P1.19 million.

President Arroyo also broke ground and lowered a capsule containing coins and the school building plan for the construction of another two-storey, four-classroom school building that will replace the still existing dilapidated school house that has been condemned and up for demolition.

With a P4 million budget, the proposed two-storey school building is funded by the Department of Education and will start its construction in March 2008. It is a joint project of Camarines Sur Rep. Dato Arroyo, Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. and Cabusao Mayor Norberto Genova. (PIA V) [top]

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