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DPWH XI finishes on time P3-B SONA projects

Davao City (13 February) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) XI has completed on time P3.020 billion worth of big-ticket infrastructure projects promised by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in her State of the Nation Address in 2007.

The regional office of DPWH has completed the P1.144 billion worth Manay-Section section of Surigao Sur-Davao Oriental Coastal Road which, DPWH said, serves as the "main trunkline" of coastal municipalities of Davao Oriental in Southern Mindanao, and Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte in CARAGA, leading to the main Pan Philippine Highway.

The Davao Oriental section of the Surigao-Davao Orieantal Coastal Road starts at the municipality of Manay, traversing the towns of Caraga, Baganga, Cateel, and ends in Boston, spanning a total length of 132 kilometers.

DPWH XI said the road project forms part of the country's arterial road network, "and is classified as one of the roads of strategic importance."

DPWH Regional Director Osop L. Ali said the project is intended to strengthen the socio-economic linkage among and between provinces and municipalities where it is passing through.

"It will vastly improve accessibility and transportation services as well as expedite the delivery of goods, social services and enhance mobility. It is also expected to promote the development of agriculture and tourism," Ali said in a statement.

Meanwhile, DPWH XI also has hit completion schedule of the more than P2 billion worth Kapalong-Talaingod-Bukidnon Road which spans a total length of 57.79 kilometers. The project also covers construction of six bridges.

Its road section works from Kapalong to Talaingod in Davao del Norte, covers road improvement and concreting.

Stretching from Talaingod to Kalagangan in San Fernando, Bukidnon, the road project links Southern and Northern Mindanao regions, serving as an inter-regional link that connects the Pan Philippine Highway in Davao del Norte and the SAYRE Highway in Bukidnon.

DPWH said the Talaingod (Davao del Norte)-Bukidnon Road is intended to become an alternate of the Davao-Calinan-Bukidnon and the Agusan-Davao Road, thus diverting traffic from these routes should they be closed in case of landslides and major road repairs.

More than traffic concerns, Ali said the road "will open great opportunities for farming communities because it will traverse vast agricultural lands."

"This proposed road will also greatly contribute to the progress of indigenous communities as it will provide them with greater opportunities to conveniently market their farm produce on a much shorter time to market centers either in Region XI or in Region X," Ali said. (PIA XI/DPWH XI/JMDA) [top]

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