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Mt Province SP endorses conversion of provincial to national roads

by Juliet B. Saley

Bontoc, Mt. Province (20 November) -- Members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan recently passed a resolution endorsing the conversion of various provincial roads into national roads.

This is in support to the various bills filed by Mt. Province Congressman Maximo B. Dalog seeking the conversion of five provincial roads into national roads.

House Bill No. 2312 seeks to convert the Mt. Province - Ifugao road via Natonin - Aguinaldo. The proposed conversion with a total length of 27 kilometers starts from barangay Toboy in Natonin then exits to barangay Damag in Aguinaldo. The conversion will benefit these two provinces by enhancing the economic and social living conditions of the communities traversed by the road.

House Bill No. 2313 solicits to convert the Mt. Province - Isabela road. It is a 25.863 kilometer road stretch starting at the junction in Butigue along the provincial road and traverses the barangays of Sinigpit, Burayok, Palitud and Simmakbot all of Paracelis then exits to barangay Sinimbaan of Roxas, Isabela. This road is the nearest access road to farmers from Paracelis who transport their agricultural products to nearby town of Isabela.

The conversion of Mt. Provi nce - Benguet road via Guinzadan - Mankayan section is sought under House Bill No. 2314. The 18.550 kilometers -stretch starts at the junction of Guinzadan Central along the provincial road and traverses the barangays of Cagubatan, Pandayan, Bana-ao, Lenga, Dacudac and Sayapot all of Tadian, Mt. Province and exits to barangay Balili of Mankayan, Benguet. This road will serve as an alternate road to people and farmers to transport their crops to market in nearby province of Benguet as well as in the Ilocos region.

House Bill No. 2315 seeks the conversion of Mabaay - Abatan road which is 11.971 kilometer road stretch starting at the junction in Mabaay along Halsema national road passing through barangays Tapapan, Guinzadan, Abatan all in Bauko, Mt. Province to connect to Bontoc - Cervantes road at Abatan which is a national road. This is the shortest alternate road from Bontoc to Baguio City and from Baguio City to Bontoc and Ilocos region and vice versa.

On the other hand, House Bill No. 2316 asks for the conversion of Dantay - Sagada - Besao - Quirino, Ilocos road. With a total length of 47.279 kilometers starting at the junction in Dantay along Halsema national road, it traverses barangays of Antadao and Poblacion of Sagada, then to barangays Poblacion, Banguitan, Catengan, and Laylaya all of Besao, Mt. Province then exits to barangay Bab-asig of Quirino, Ilocos Sur. This road is hardly passable and often closed to traffic because the provincial government cannot provide the necessary maintenance fund.

These provincial roads of Mt. Province need better attention and improvement but which the provincial government cannot fully accomplish, hence the need to nationalize these provincial roads to improve the socio-economic condition of the people in the province. (PIA-MP) [top]

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