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PGMA opens new Bicol road linking Albay, Camarines Sur

Manila (1 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo opened yesterday (Monday, May 31) the 24-kilometre Sagnay-Tiwi road that connects the province of Camarines Sur to Albay, underscoring the project's importance in linking two Bicol provinces with big tourism potentials.

Albay and Camarines Sur lie in the Central Philippines Tourism Corridor which has been the beneficiary of massive tourism-related investments under the President's super-region development concept.

The President led the ribbon cutting of the of the P320 million road project, Sagnay-Tiwi road that serves as the shortest route connecting the 3rd district of Camarines Sur to the first district of Albay.

She said infrastructure stands as a source of increasing investors confidence in the tourism as well as the driver economic progress in the regions whioch she said will soon feel the impact of the phenomenal 7.3 percent growth rate posted by the national economy for the first quarter of 2010.

The President then talked to Salvador Gacer and Leonin Barasona who both benefited from the road project.

Leonin, who before earns 100 pesos a day from fishing, has doubled his daily earnings as a laborer in President Arroyo's road project.

Meanwhile Barasona whose family lives marginally through farming and fishing said that before the road was built, his crops were easily damaged in storage and due to the lack of roads to transport his goods.

President Arroyo addressed Barsona that because of the road project his post-harvest losses will now be reduced.

The President said she hopes the next administration will continue her infrastructure strategy because of the progress it brings to the country. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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