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PIA Press Release
2009/02/27

DPWH 6 to finish SONA infra projects in Western Visayas before yearend

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (27 February) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways in Western Visayas (DPWH 6) said that all SONA and other high impact infrastructure projects in support of tourism will be completed before the end of year 2009, or on the first quarter of 2010.

Director Rolando Asis of the DPWH 6 said during the PIA interview that the transport sector is an important component of the economy impacting on development and the welfare of populations.

He said that these high impact project declared by President Arroyo during her SONA are road widening project from Iloilo City to the new Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan-Sta.Barbara; Metro Iloilo Radial Road and the Pandan-Libertad Road ending up to the boundary of Antique and Aklan Province.

"These three road network projects would not only improve accessibility to major tourist areas in the region but will also improve the region's socio-economic condition, for it will open employment and investment opportunities," Director Asis said.

When asked of the specifics of the construction of the said projects, Director Asis explained that the road widening project from Iloilo City to the new Iloilo Airport involves widening of the existing two lane-road to four lanes; the construction of Metro Iloilo Radial road is on going, and about 12 kilometers from Barangay Lanit, Zarraga, passing thru the Iloilo Flood Control project to Sta. Barbara. About 27 kilometers of roads will be concreted from Pandan to Libertad ending up to the boundary of Antique and Aklan province is also on-going.

The DPWH 6 Director emphasized that when these projects are completed, "these three road network projects would not only improve accessibility to major tourist areas in the region but will also improve the region's socio-economic condition, for it will open employment and investment opportunities. (PIA 6) [top]

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