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PGMA to launch'legacy of accomplishment' tour of Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region

Lipa City, Batangas (8 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo continues her "legacy of accomplishment" tour of her Super Regions program by appraising this time, the Luzon Urban Beltway, during her visit to this province today.

The Super Regions program, which according to the President was designed to spread development away from an inequitable concentration in Manila, is composed of the North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle, Tourism Central Philippines, Agribusiness Mindanao, Cyber Corridor and the Luzon Urban Beltway.

The President had launched the tour of the Super Regions beginning with the NLAQ in Batac, Ilocos Norte last month and had recently wrapped-up her visit to the "next wave cities" of the Cyber Corridor last week. The President is scheduled to launch the LUB Super Region tour at the University of Batangas Campus here today.

The LUB Super Region is composed of the southern part of Central Luzon, the entire Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and half of Region IV-B, specifically the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque, which are the country's bases of industry, manufacturing, and trade and commerce. It is one of the five (5) Super Regions created by the President in 2006 pursuant to Executive Order No. 561.

After the launching ceremony, the President will proceed to the Batangas Seaport to conduct a windshield inspection of the completed Batangas Port Development Project (BPDP), an undertaking aimed at converting the Batangas Port into a major international container terminal.

She will then proceed to the Philippine Ports Authority Building located within the Batangas Port where she will be briefed on the BPDP.

The completed Batangas Port Development Project (BPDP), which consists of Phase I (domestic) and Phase II (international) will serve the Mindoro Island and other islands within the economic range but will respond to the demand of the burgeoning trade and commerce resulting from the regional developments. The port is expected to complement the Port of Manila.

From the Batangas Port, the President and her convoy will traverse the 42-kilometer long Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) to Sto. Tomas, also in Batangas, to personally inspect the on-going construction work that will link the STAR to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) once completed. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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