Residents, local officials laud PGMA for Cabancalan-Canduman bridge
by Rachelle M. Nessia
Cebu City (24 February) -- About 500 residents gathered at the Cabancalan-Canduman Bridge in Mandaue City cheered loudly after Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo unveiled the bridge's project marker at noontime today.
Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today inaugurated the Cabancalan-Canduman Bridge which was built to reduce traffic congestion in Canduman village in asmuch as the road leading to the bridge will serve as the shortest alternative route from Cabancalan to Canduman and vice versa.
Sixth District Rep. Nerissa Soon Ruiz and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes both enthusiastically lauded the President for the bridge construction, saying that the project is essential in promoting efficient transport in the area as well as help achieving the socio-economic objectives adherent in the government's economic strategies for the project area.
Construction of the project was started on March 26, 2009 and completed on December 5 of the same year.
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.
Meanwhile, Fr. Enrique Ruiz, president of the Sacred Heart School of the Society of Jesus President, was also on hand during the event to personally thank the President for the bridge construction.
The Sacred Heart School of the Society of Jesus is located in Canduman village and is one of the primary beneficiaries of the new bridge.
Fr. Ruiz said the alternative route offered by the new bridge is seen to reduce the incidence of latecomers in his school. "This cuts the travel time substantially. Those coming from Lilo-an and the northern part, it's very easy for them now to come here," he said.
The school president lauded Pres. Arroyo for her infrastructure initiatives across the country, saying that "history will be kinder to the Arroyo administration."
"This is one of the things I admire about this administration. Many of those who criticize this administration overlook the fact that it is during this administration that we have made major advances in infrastructure," stressed Fr. Ruiz. (PIA/rmn) [top]