PGMA opens restored Bued bridge
By Danny O. Sagun
Dagupan City (21 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in her apparent last visit to her mother's homeprovince, led Monday morning inauguration of the restored Bued bridge in Sison town.
Arriving 15 minutes ahead of her 10 a.m. schedule, the President first boarded an Isuzu Elf truck for the inaugural drive thru. She was accompanied by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., fifth district Congressman Mark Cojuangco, La Union Congressman Tomas Dumpit, Jr. and public works and highways Secretary Victor Domingo.
Espino, in his welcome remarks, thanked the Chief Executive for giving immediate attention to the repair of the damaged three spans of the 525-linear-meter-long bridge which connects Pangasinan with La Union. The damaged portion was 107.25 linear meters long.
Domingo, who briefed her of the restoration works, said that construction started on January 4 and completed on June 13 or in just five months. The bridge, a vital link for Northern Luzon, was destroyed by flash floods caused by typhoon Pepeng in October last year.
The President, in her speech, congratulated Pangasinan and La Union officials as well as the DPWH for giving their all-out support to the restoration project.
Construction worker Bartolome Cabral thanked her for the job opportunity created by the project. In reply, she said, the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway Project (TPLEX) will open more employment opportunities for construction workers like Cabral.
Furniture/handicraft maker Janet Budah likewise thanked her for the immediate restoration of the damaged bridge. Handicraft workers from La Union and Baguio City like her use the vital infrastructure in transporting their products to Manila and other parts in Luzon.
In his message, Cojuangco noted that Mrs. Arroyo indeed became a'good president' as she had promised with the many programs and projects her administration has implemented particularly in Pangasinan.
La Union officials like Gov. Manuel Ortega and Congressman Tomas Dumpit, Jr. also had good words for the outgoing President.
The incoming Pampanga congresswoman left 25 minutes later for Ilocos Sur. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]