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PIA Press Release
2010/05/19

PGMA inaugurates P71-M bridge in Zambo del Norte

Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte (19 May) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inaugurated today the 88-meter Opao Bridge in barangay Opao here that would connect Regions nine and ten.

The President said the P71-million bridge, which received funding from the British government's bridge program, will also make the transport of people and goods from Mindanao via the "roll on roll off" (RORO) station in Dapitan to Luzon and Visayas cheaper and faster.

After leading the unveiling of the project marker and the inaugural drive, thru, the President talked to Dianna Mae "Yan Yan" Diao and Alejandrino Andein Jumel, who both benefited from the construction of the bridge.

Diao, an incoming high school senior and a resident of Rizal, Zamboanga del Norte, said the bridge will shorten her traveling time to and from school.

Jumel, a Barangay Opao resident who used to earn P2,000 pesos a month, now earns double as a construction worker.

In her nine year term, President Arroyo has poured P19 billion in building infrastructure projects in the region, which has resulted in the removal of Zamboanga Del Norte from the country's top ten poorest provinces.

The President was received by Dipolog Gov. Rolando Yebes, Reps. Cecila Carreon and Cesar Jalosjos, and Dapitan mayor Dominador Jalosjos Jr. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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