Isabela bridge to lift agri-business activities in Cagayan Valley
by Ben Moses Ebreo
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (March 4) -- The completion of the P650 million Delfin Albano bridge in Delfin Albano town in Isabela will hasten the trade and industry potentials in the Cagayan Valley region, public works and highways officials said.
Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Victor Domingo, in a briefing said the Delfin Albano bridge which spans the Cagayan River connecting the Pan-Phlippine Highway and Santiago ? Tuguegarao road facilitates the transport of goods and services and it eases the mobility of commuters from the towns of tumauini, Delfin Albano, Sto Tomas and Mallig including those from the kalinga and Apayao provinces to and from the various commercial centers of the North Luzon Agri-business Quadrangle.
"It therefore alleviates the overall socio-economic condition of the population," Domingo said in a statement.
The 498?meter bridge which was completed in December 21 last year was inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo early this week.
The bridge was the realization of a long dream among the residents of Delfin Albano, according to mayor Tomas Pua due to the swelling of the river during strong rains and typhoons, thereby paralyzing the flow of transport among farmers whose products need to be sold outside the municipality.
"During typhoons, the river becomes unpassable among farmers, causing their products to rot and be destroyed," Pua said.
Pua said the bridge serves as one of the legacies of President Arroyo in her bid to spur economic development in Cagayan Valley through the North Luzon Agri-business Quadrangle (NLAQ) set up. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]