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Provincial govt's asked to pour funds for Davao Del Norte-Bukidnon road

by JMD Abangan

Davao City (18 February) -- Opening up the entire stretch of Davao del Norte-Bukidnon road would probably take some time unless the provincial governor of Bukidnon would pour out funds to complete the road link.

The fact that the Talaingod (Davao del Norte)-Bukidnon Road Project crosses a provincial road section, and that provincial governments are responsible of maintaining provincial roads, came up during a dinner that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hosted for the media at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Tuesday night, in Davao City.

Asked regarding the soonest possible time for the road project to get completely done, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said that the road is a "provincial road."

She confirmed this with DPWH Secretary Victor A. Domingo whom she called to back up explanation whenever road projects came up during her talks with the media invited to the dinner.

She emphasized that DPWH is mandated to build only national roads and bridges. Domingo agreed with the President and said that DPWH could only undertake provincial road works "unless there is a criteria to convert a provincial road to a national road."

But President Arroyo emphasized that the road leading to Bukidnon is a "provincial road" and that it would take a law to convert provincial roads to national roads.

"That's why you have to remind the provincial governor, the local government, to set aside funds for the improvement of provincial road," Secretary Domingo said when told that the road beyond Talaingod, leading to San Fernando, Bukidnon is still rough and rugged.

Tagum media practitioner told President Arroyo how travel to the hinterlands Talaingod in Davao del Norte has gone smooth with the construction of the Talaingod-Bukidnon Road.

"We build that," President Arroyo said.

The President came to Davao del Norte in February 2008 to lay the time capsule for Kapalong-Talaingod (Davao del Norte)-Bukidnon Road which has a total length of 57.79 kilometers (km) including six bridges.

The road project starts from the municipality of Kapalong, at a road juncture going to Talaingod, and stretches up to sitio Kalagangan in San Fernando, Bukidnon.

DPWH XI reported that it had already completed its road improvement works along the Kapalong-Talaingod section and is almost done in its road construction/improvement from Talaingod up to the boundary along San Fernando, Bukidnon.

The road project has been expected to spur socio-economic development and trigger commerce and trade between Bukidnon and Davao del Norte, thereby benefiting hinterland communities where the road passes through. (PIA XI) [top]

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