Sec. Dureza visits 2nd Magsaysay Bridge
by Robert E. Roperos
Butuan City (October 27) -- Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary and Mindanao Super Region Development Champion Jesus Dureza visited the second Magsaysay Bridge during his official engagement in the Mindanao Super Region Forum (Caraga Leg) held here recently.
In an interview with the local media at the bridge site, Sec. Dureza proudly said the bridge is one of the showcased projects of the government not only in Caraga Region and Mindanao but the entire country.
Sec. Dureza also said the construction is now on its 94 percent completion and hopefully be functional by April next year.
Dureza also congratulated Butuan City Mayor Democrito Plaza II whom he considered as the “prime mover” behind the project. He recalled that when he visited the city two years ago, the project was still an illustration of perspective, which means that the city government is fast-tracking the realization of the project.
When asked why he decided to visit the site when in fact, the visitation is not stipulated in his itinerary, the Secretary said it was President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who told him to visit and assess the project when they met in Camiguin province during the Lanzones Festival a day before his travel to this city. Dureza also said the President is very proud of the project. “Maybe, the President will include in her schedule to visit here even before the inauguration of this project to see to it that everything has been put in place”, Sec. Dureza said.
At present, Sec. Dureza said the project costs about 2.1 billion pesos without inflationary projections. The whole span of the bridge across the river is 880 meters and the access road totaled about 13 kilometers.
Dureza also pointed out that aside from the bridge, other priority project of the national government is the completion of the viaduct that is currently constructed within the city. He also mentioned the Mindanao Super Region projects specifically the coastal road project connecting the provinces of Surigao and Davao Oriental. (PIA-13) [top]