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PGMA orders immediate bidding of Malaang bridge approaches

by Edgar B. dela Cruz

Koronadal City (20 February) -- Some 2000 local residents applauded warmly President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo upon her arrival for the inspection visit of the newly constructed Malaang Bridge at Barangay Saguing, Makilala, North Cotabato yesterday.

The President was welcomed by the reception party headed by North Cotabato 1st District Representative Emmylou Taliņo-Mendoza, Cotabato Governor Jesus Sacdalan, DPWH USEC for Mindanao Romeo Momo, DPWH Regional Director 12 Sinaolan Macarambon, PNP Regional Director C/Supt. Fidel Cimatu Jr EastMinCom. Commander M/Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, 6th ID Commanding General M/Gen. Alfredo Cayton, Makilala Mayor Onofre Respecio, barangay chairmen and other residents.

The construction of Malaang Bridge which cost P45 million started last April 8, 2007 and was finished last March 2008. It has a width of 13.4 meters and length of 40.1 meters.

The construction of the bridge is in line with the government's infrastructure development thrust linking the entire country through effective transport network that would open up new economic opportunities and create more jobs, enhance access to social services and develop and generate more income to fruit growers of the community.

The bridge project is among the many physical infrastructure projects the Arroyo administration has invested in for the development of the Mindanao Super Region as the country's "Agribusiness Center in the South."

This bridge links Kidapawan City which is one of the major fruit basket in Mindanao to Davao and other nearby provinces.

With this new bridge, travel distance has been lessened and vehicular accidents avoided which the old route is noted to be accident prone because of its double blind curve. It is blamed for several vehicular accidents in the area and sometimes hamper the travel time of businessmen especially fruit dealers going to Davao City and other provinces.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her inspection visit thanked the DPWH, Representative Taliņo, LGUs and residents for the active support and participation in the construction of the bridge, which is one of her priority projects included in the 10 point agenda.

President Arroyo also announced that she is approving the release of "the needed P20 million for the construction of bridges' approaches," as she instructed for the immediate bidding and subsequently the release of funds in March 2009 to ensure better, faster and safer travel from Cotabato to Davao and vice versa," the President ordered. (PIA 12) [top]

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