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PIA Press Release
2010/03/12

P342-M Tawi-Tawi bridge to spur growth, peace in ARMM

Koronadal City (12 March) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is making sure that her administration?s legacy projects benefit residents of far flung areas leaving a concrete imprint among local onstituents.

On March 11, President Arroyo inspected the status of the Twi-Tawi Road Bridge Partnership Project (TTRBPP) that would link remote barangays and boost socio-economic activities in the area.

Once completed, the project will benefit some 156,000 people through easy access and cheaper transport of products, goods and services to local markets.

The P342 million legacy project in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) forms part of President Arroyo?s Bridges Program aimed at pushing economic growth and help govewrnment?s peace and development efforts in Mindanao.

Calling it a "dream project," Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali expressed confidence this will make the province a more economically viable area of development in the region.

Aside from improved earnings for farmers and fishermen, access to basic services like hospitals, schools and trading centers will be much easier providing opportunity at raising people?s standard of living.

Sahali said, seaweed and cassava planters will exert more efforts to plant and harvest more with the easy access to the local markets.

As this developed, DPWH Assistant Secretary Erwin assured President Arroyo the completion of said project in three months time.

TTRBPP is a joint project of Growth with Edquity in Mindanao-United States Agency for International Development (GEM-USAID), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Tawi-Tawi provincial government. (pbc/PIA) [top]

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