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Maguindanao roads to undergo rehab

Koronadal City (8 February) -- Two major roads of Sultan Kudarat and Datu Odin Sinsuat, all in the province of Maguindanao, will soon have a facelift if proposals are approved, according to Department of Public Works and Highways in the autonomous region (DPWH-ARMM) secretary, Engr. Titingalangit Sumagayan.

In a conference in Cotabato City on Road Network Development Master Plan with assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the DPWH-ARMM has proposed rehabilitation of Pinaring-Simsiman Road, Sultan Kudarat and Tamontaka-Tapian Road, Datu Odin Sinsuat to be upgraded from being provincial roads to national road standard.

The upgrading of 18.4 km. section of the 20.1 km. Pinaring-Simsiman Road and 16.0 km. section of 20.4 km. Tamontaka-Tapian Road has an estimated capital outlay of over P1-B [P555.32-M and P473.62-M, respectively] which DPWH-ARMM is still sourcing out for possible funding.

Sumagayan said if realized, the project will provide an all-weather roads that would assure transportation of people and agricultural inputs and outputs significant for agricultural development, easy access to basic social and health facilities which are mostly located here and provide an alternative route to Cotabato City-Davao City Road.

The Tamontaka-Tapian Road, he added, provides an easier entrance to beach resorts which are major recreation spots for residents of Cotabato City and neighboring municipalities.

Road Rehabilitation proposals in ARMM also include Iligan-Marawi Road, Davao-Cotabato Road, Kidapawan-Ala Road, Bito-Marawi Road, Sultan Kudarat Border-Butig-Lumbayanague Road, Cotabato-General Santos Road, Maganoy-Sultan saBarongis Road, Limbo-Pinaring-Manuangan Road and Datu Saudi Ampatuan Road, records showed.

The Road Network Development Master Plan for ARMM envisions development in agro-fishery and poverty reduction, smooth mobility, and universal development of all areas which contribute to peace building efforts in the autonomous region, Sumagayan said.

At present, JICA is facilitating technical support to DPWH-ARMM but no commitment of financial grant to ARMM Road Network Development Master Plan, JICA Study Team Leader, Mitsuo Kuichi, said.

Since 2005, the Japanese government had committed 2.47 billion yen through ARMM Social Fund Project to support the peace and development program of the Government of the Philippines. (BPI-ARMM/dd/PIA-12) [top]

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