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PGMA to inaugurate Cebu's Cabancalan-Canduman Bridge

By Rachelle M. Nessia

Cebu City (24 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to arrive in Cebu City today to inaugurate the Cabancalan-Canduman Bridge in Mandaue City.

The President upon her arrival in Mandaue City will be met by key goverent officials led by 6th District Rep. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes after which she will lead the unveiling of the project marker.

The Cabancalan-Canduman Bridge was built to reduce traffic congestion in Canduman inasmuch as the road leading to the bridge will serve as the shortest alternative route from Cabancalan to Canduman and vice versa.

Construction of the project was started on March 26, 2009 and completed on December 5 of the same year with the appropriation amount pegged at P48 million.

From the early 1980s, Mandaue City has mushroomed into one of the most highly industrialized areas in the province, playing a major role in Cebu's economic boom.

The project likewise promotes efficient transport, infrastructure facilities, including economic development, improvement of existing transportation constraints and to assist in achieving the socio-economic objectives adherent in the government's economic strategies for the project area.

An estimated crowd of 500 people composed of local officials, guests and residents are expected to attend the unveiling.

After the inauguration, the President is expected to motor to Cebu City Port where she will depart for Tubigon, Bohol on board MV Lite Ferry 10.

Pres. Arroyo is also scheduled to grace the Charter Day Program at the Cebu City Sports Complex at 7:00 p.m. on the same day where she will be awarded the Rajah Humabon Award by the Cebu City Government.

The Rajah Humabon Award is the highest award given by the local city government under City Ordinance No. 1502 approved on Feb. 23, 1994.

The Cebu City Council, for this year's Charter Day celebration, adopted a resolution conferring the Order of Rajah Humabon Award to the President for her immense contribution to the city's growth and economic development. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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