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Cebu benefits from PGMA's infra projects

Cebu City (5 August) -- Cebu couldn't agree more with the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey that gave a thumb-up sign on the accomplishments of the Arroyo Administration on the implementation of various infrastructure projects being a beneficiary of such undertakings.

The SWS survey taken last July 17-23 showed that 70 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the infrastructure projects undertaken by the Arroyo Administration where the repair of roads produced a grade of 49 percent while installation of traffic signs along the roads had a grade of 52 percent.

In Cebu, millions of pesos were spent on road projects from the south to the northern part as part of the government's road improvement projects where in 2006, no less than Pres. Arroyo led the inauguration and unveiling of the marker of the P783M Cebu South Road Improvement Project (CSRIP).

The CSRIP greatly reduced the travel time between Cebu City and the southern towns and cities of the province. Undertaken by the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-7), the project has three phases that involved the improvement and widening of 11.65 kms. of already existing road from Talisay City to the Toledo City junction in Naga as well as the improvement of the drainage system and the replacement and widening of three existing bridges.

Also part of the project was the improvement and widening of 18.05 kilometers of existing concrete road from the Toledo City junction in Naga to the municipality of Carcar. The project was funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) under the 22nd Yen Loan Package.

In the north, the construction of the P2.3-billion Cebu North Coastal Road Project is expected to be completed by 2010 which will be a four-way lane highway with a total length of 9.45 kilometers, including the 684.13-meter Cansaga Bridge in Consolacion and the Suba Bridge in Liloan.

The portion of the project in Tayud, Liloan will have an underpass and pedestrian overpass. The construction of the north coastal road is aimed at decongesting traffic in the cities of Mandaue and Cebu.

The National Government will release the funds for the project in several tranches, according to the DPWH. Instead of making foreign loans, the National Government opted to charge the funding to the DPWH General Infrastructure Fund for 2008 with P400M and another P400M will be allotted in 2009 and the same amount in 2010.

Another priority infrastructure project of President Arroyo under her Nautical Highway Program is the construction of the roll-on, roll-off (RORO) ports to speed up particularly the transport of goods and services among neighboring island provinces where in Cebu, there are about 13 RORO ports while 85 percent of the shipping industry is based in Cebu.

The National Government has appropriated more than P1B worth of infrastructure projects that are designed to decongest traffic and spread out economic activity at the countryside.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeņa meanwhile, has earlier expressed worry of what would happen to Cebu City in case President Arroyo no longer becomes President.

The Cebu City Government in appreciation and gratitude to all the projects given by the National Government to Cebu City has decided to honor its newly-refurbished Cebu City Council session hall after the President's late mother Doņa Eva which is now the Doņa Eva Macaraeg-Macapagal Session Hall.

It has been a known fact that the President is very fond of Cebu as she won by a million votes here. In gratitude, Pres. Arroyo promised to regularly visit Cebu which she has been doing and has established another Presidential Residence here dubbed 'Malacaņang sa Sugbo.' (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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