PGMA makes aerial check of South UPI road in Maguindanao
South Upi, Maguindanao (19 May) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conducted this morning an aerial inspection of the 105-kilometer Central Mindanao Road Project (or the Awang-Upi-Lebak-Kalamansig Road Project), one of her priority projects in her state of the nation address.
From Cotabato City the chopper carrying the President hovered over the hills to check on the status of the road project, a vital link between Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City. The President was welcomed by a crowd of 300 residents and barangay and municipal officials upon her arrival here.
She was received at the Cotabato Airport by Civil Aviation Authority Cotabato Manager Leon Masalta Jr., 6th Infantry Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Anthony Alcantara and Philippine National Police Director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag.
The President and party were received at the Timanan Central Elementary School landing zone by Maguindanao OIC Gov. Abdulgani Biruar, ARMM Acting Gov. Ansaruddin Adiong, South Upi Mayor Abdullah Campong, Rep. Simeon Datumanong (2nd District), Presidential Adviser for ARMM Jose Barroso, PNP ARMM Assistant Regional Director Supt. Salic Macapantar, Eastern Mindanao Commander Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, Romongaob Barangay Chair Marylina Buscato and Department of Education Supervisor Rochito Suenan.
Maguindanao OIC Gov. Abdulgani Biruar gave the welcome remarks.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Victor Domingo briefed the President on the project being implemented by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd.
The project involves the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges traversing the provinces of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat. (PIA-MMIO) [top]