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PGMA completes NLAQ road project in Nueva Vizcaya

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya (May 4) -- One of the road projects that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo promised under the North Luzon Agri-business Quadrangle (NLAQ) has been fully completed.

Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) here said the more than 13 kilometer Bitnong-Belance road project which was started in November 6, 2008 has been actually completed in April 30 this year, according to Engineer Marifel Andes, assistant district engineer of the DPWH north district here.

The construction of the Bitnung-Belance road project was committed in 2008 by President Arroyo in her visit to the 68th birthday of Bishop Ramon Villena of the diocese of Bayombong and Quirino.

The road project is part of President Arroyo?s accomplishments under the North Luzon Agri-business Quadrangle (NLAQ) which seeks to harness the potentials of North Luzon as agri-business hub of the country.

The road project, used by upland indigenous farmers in transporting their products was funded under the General Appropriations Act - Regular Infrastructure Program (GAA-RIP).

Funded with P330 million, it went into three construction phases with concreting of 5.22 kilometers in 2008 with P130 million, asphalting of 3.242 kilometer road with P100 million and the asphalting of 4.732 kilometer road with P100 million.

"This road project does not only help farmers in transporting their products but will also trigger other economic activities particularly fruit and vegetable trading in the municipalities of Bambang, Bayombong, Aritao and Solano," stressed Engr. Andes.

She added that the road project will also encourage the opening of new businesses in barangay Belance like transport, retail and commerce and will open new jobs due to the entry of new investments in the area.

Aside from farmers within barangay Belance, the road will also serve other villagers in barangays Bitnung, Oyao and Macabenga.

"We are very grateful for this project because it made the transportation of our local products easier, faster and at a lower cost," said mayor Antonio Palugod.

Palugod said the road project had been one of the major problems of their local government unit since heavy rains usually destroy several road portions, hampering the transport of local agricultural crops to the market.# PIA NVizcaya

Barangay Belance is an agricultural-rich barangay with a cool climate all year round which is conducive to farming and planting of fruits, vegetables and root crops like citrus, cabbage, lettuce, yacon, ginger, and sweet potato among others. (PIA) [top]

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