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PIA Press Release
2007/05/09

Tulay ng Pangulo helps poor sitios in Mindanao

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (9 May) -- The President’s Bridge Program (Tulay ng Pangulo), with its massive bridge building program in Mindanao continues to cover more ground, linking isolated communities in the island-region to the country’s infrastructure system.

The President’s Bridge program uses concrete-reinforced steel bridges component that links remote barangays from across Mindanao.

Construction of PBP’s are being constructed in various project sites throughout Mindanao where “the bridges are most needed” particularly along local barangay roads and interior areas located in Lanao del Sur, Sarangani, Zamboanga Sibugay, Davao del Sur, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Misamis Oriental provinces and Marawi and Zamboanga Cities.

We have seen steady improvement in poor sitios where PBPs were established and the government intends on maintaining and improving the performances to serve the people, said former MEDCO chief and concurrent GRP peace negotiator Secretary Jesus Dureza.

Dureza noted the important of bridges in the government’s campaign to improve the people’s lives in the countryside by facilitating faster flow and movement of people, goods and services.

Dureza stressed that bridges are vital instruments in order to mainstream remote communities and enable government to “provide services where they are most needed.”

MEDCO is vigorously pursuing full physical integration through infrastructure development, as one of the key development strategies for Mindanao.

Dureza emphasized that infrastructure improvement is an integral component in development efforts that “figuratively and literally pave the way for other programs to reach the grassroots.”

The Tulay ng Pangulo sa SZOPAD/Mindanao project under the President’s Bridge Program is included in the Mindanao National Initiative (Mindanao Natin), a 5.5-billion peso flagship program of the Arroyo administration designed to spur and fast-track growth and development in Mindanao.

President Arroyo has identified the decentralization of progress around the nation through the use and improvement of transportation networks as among the key areas of concern in the government’s 10-point agenda. (PIA XI) [top]

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