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PGMA wants SONA projects finished by December 09

Cebu City (25 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wants all projects she has committed under her State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) to be completed by December 2009.

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Sec. Hermogenes Esperon stressed this to media reporters in Cebu during an informal press conference this morning on the Cebu North Coastal Road Project (CNCRP), one of the SONA projects President Arroyo tasked the PMS to oversee and monitor on the status of the development.

Esperon together with Public Works and Highways Usec. Rafael Yabut arrived in Cebu this morning and immediately conducted an on-site inspection on the status of the construction of the Cansaga Bay Bridge, the primary component of the CNCRP.

Pres. Arroyo in a visit to Cebu early January this year blew her top when she learned the P2.3B CNCRP has no substantial improvements more than a year after its groundbreaking during an unscheduled inspection of her priority road project. She then ordered the contractors to work 24 hours, seven days a week and instructed the DPWH to fast track the completion of the project.

Engr. Nilo Pamayla-on, Metro Cebu Development Project Director told Esperon the 643-meter four-lane Cansaga Bay Bridge is 55 percent completed and that in three months time, this will be 95 percent finish.

The bridge is aimed at decongesting traffic in the cities of Mandaue and Cebu and is expected to spur economic growth in the areas as this will transverse Mandaue and the towns of Consolacion and Lioan.

Pamaylao-on said deadline for the completion of the project is 20 months or in August next year but that they have received assurance fro the contractor that this will be done in 15 months or by February and will be ready for inauguration by the President by March next year.

By December this year, the road project will have been substantially completed while they are just looking at some remaining minor works to be done such as lighting, according to Pamayla-on.

The project is divided into two packages. Under the contract package, Package 1 involves the road approaches from the Mandaue side dubbed 'Approach A' and the 'Approach B' is the road connecting to the town of Consolacion while the construction of the Cansaga Bay Bridge is part of the Package 1, this is learned.

Road 'Approach A' has a length of 428.75 meters while 'Approach B' has a length of 425.25 meters with an overall length of 1,494.25 meters. Both road approached involves four lanes with a lane width of 3.25 meters, Pamayla-on disclosed.

The second package will begin from the second approach or 'Approach B' of the proposed bridge towards Barangay Tayud in Consolacion and has a total stretch of 8.06 kilometers.

amayla-on said the only factor that could cause a delay in the project is natural calamity and that without it, the project will be substantially be completed by yearend per instruction of the President.

Yabut on the other hand, expressed optimism the CNCRP will be finish on time based on the performance shown by Ciriaco Corporation, the contractor of the project.

All works are made in concrete materials and that the rainy season will not be a deterrent to the completion of the project, Yabut said.

Esperon said they are continuously inspecting other SONA projects and pump-priming projects all over the country based on the directive of Pres. Arroyo that these projects be completed by yearend.

"The President wants the CNCRP to be finished by December as part of her commitment not just because she wants it but because the whole of Cebu and the Visayas will benefit from it," Esperon said. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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