PGMA reopens major Pangasinan bridge
Sison, Pangasinan (21 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today the newly reconstructed Bued bridge that is expected to provide easier access to goods and services to northern Luzon.
The President led the ceremonial inaugural drive thru and unveiling of the marker officially reopening the P120 million bridge that serves as a major link of this region to the rest of Luzon.
"This is the bridge that brings everybody from Manila to the north and all the products from the north to the south," the President said during the rites.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Victor Domingo said the President used to call him every week to prioritize the completion of the project before the rainy season begins.
The Bued Bridge was damaged after the onslaught of typhoon "Pepeng" last year. In collaboration with the DPWH Region I and the 3rd district office of Pangasinan, the government, under the President's bridge program, reconstructed it last January 4. It was completed last June 13.
Pangasinan 5th district representative Mark Cojuangco thanked the President for all the projects that she has poured for the province.
"Today we see why President Arroyo is a very good president?Ganito po ang tuloy tuloy niyang paggawa ng maraming projects na nakakatulong sa ating lahat. Tayo po dito sa 5th district of Pangasinan ay malaki po ang utang ng loob sa inyo sa napakadaming nahatid ninyo dito sa aming distrito. Maraming maraming salamat po. (This is but one of the projects of the President that has helped the people of this district. We owe the president a lot)," Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco added that the completion of the bridge is timely as the rainy season is fast approaching. The alternate route going to and from Sison, Pangasinan to La union vis-à-vis gets flooded during rainy season, he said.
President Arroyo then talked to Mr. Bartolome Cabral and Mrs. Janet Buday who where the direct beneficiaries of the road project.
Bartolome Cabral, a construction worker for the road project thanked President Arroyo for the opportunity to augment his daily income as a carpenter of the project, enabling him to send his daughter to school.
Janet Buday, a local entrepreneur, on other hand said, that her handicraft/furniture business will flourish because of the reopening of the bridge.
The President said the bridge will give people hope to improve their lives. More projects, she said, are forthcoming for the people of Pangasinan and La Union, citing the ongoing construction extending the Tarlac expressway all the way to Rosario, La union.
"There is more to come.Meron pang TIPLEX, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union expressway, para mas maraming makinabang na taga Pangasinan at La Union," she said. (PIA-MMIO) [top]