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Agyao brings P445.1M to pave Kalinga roads in 2010

Tabuk City, Kalinga (13 February) -- Through the efforts of Congressman Manuel S. Agayao, the District Engineering Office (DEO) here was able to access P445,109,000.00 for its infrastructure project allocation for 2010.

Engr. Alexander Colangan, Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) Coordinator revealed this with emphasis that this is the first time that a large amount was allocated for DEO Kalinga fund.

"With the approval of the General Appropriations Act last Monday evening by President Gloria Arroyo, this funding given for road line development in the province will be implemented in full force this year," he said.

According to Colangan, Agyao has given directions to utilize the funds specifically for permanent improvements such as road concreting and road opening.

"Based on the program, most of the projects especially for the established road lines, larger amount was allocated for concreting and the remaining amount for road side improvements," he said.

All this development he said is geared towards of the solon's vision for Kalinga to have an all weather road network in the entire province making into a reality the aspirations of the Kalinga people.

The identified infrastructure projects included in the GAA for Kalinga are the Tabuk-Tanudan-Banaue Road that will cover the opening and construction of missing links in that particular national road section addressing critical bottleneck problems in said road network. P 20 million was allotted for this program.

For the Bulanao-Paracelis road (section 1), another P 21.187 million was allotted covering rehab/reconstruction and upgrading developments in said road line where P70% of the amount was allocated for concreting and 30% for its road side improvement.

Identified road networks due for upgrading to paved road standards are the Tabuk-Banaue via Tanudan-Barlig road with P100 million fund; Kalinga-Abra road (P80.54 million); Balbalan-Pinukpuk road (P58.7 million); Mt. Province boundary-Calanan-Pinukpuk-Abbut road (P41.4 million); Lubuagan-Batong Buhay-Abra boundary road (P30.822 million); Rizal Nat'l Road through the Liwan West-Babalag-Macutay Section (P9.46 million); Rizal nat'l road through the Romuladez-Santor-Calaocan-San Pascual section (P17 million); Rizal nat'l road through the Babalag-Kinama-San Francisco Section (P16.8 million); Bulanao-Paracelis road section 2 (P16.9 million); Bulo national road P15.8 million) and the Malalao National Road (P 16.5 million).

Colangan said that aside from the P 445.1 million DEO-Kalinga projects, Agyao has also brought home P16 million from the National Calamity Fund and another P 14 million for DEO-Kalinga from his PDAF. (ggdumallig/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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