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PGMA exceeds infra projects of 3 past presidents

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya (May 25) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has exceeded the combined accomplishments of three past presidents in the country in terms of infrastructure projects, according to public works secretary Victor Domingo.

Domingo said President Arroyo has built more bridges and roads than the combined infrastructure projects of former presidents Joseph Estrada, Fidel Ramos and Cory Aquino.

"They only achieved 34,000 ? kilometer roads and bridges but President Arroyo has accomplished 47,595 kilometers already," Domingo stressed.

Domingo made the statement during the program of the formal inauguration of the P330 million Bitnung-Belance road project in barangay Belance here.

President Arroyo visited the province Monday, the celebration proper of the province's 171st founding anniversary.

After a private lunch with provincial officials, Arroyo was accompanied by Representative Carlos Padilla, governor Luisa Cuaresma, mayor Antonio Palugod, bishop Ramon Villena and secretary Domingo in barangay Belance.

According to Domingo, the 13.194-kilometer Bitnung-Belance road project which is intended primarily for poor farmers to make their transportation easier and faster will also trigger economic interactions in three urban municipalities of the province such as Bambang, Bayombong and Solano.

He also said that the road project is expected to be extended to link Aurora province to Nueva Vizcaya where upland farmers can bring their agricultural products in the Aurora Export Processing Zone(AEPZ).

"The agricultureal products of Nueva Vizcaya will also go to the provinces of Aurora and Quirino," Domingo said.

The road project was started in November 6, 2008 after it was committed in that same year by President Arroyo in her visit to the 68th birthday of Bishop Villena in barangay Belance.

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

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. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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