PGMA inspects gov't road project in Aurora
DINGALAN, Aurora (22 January) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited this province yesterday to inspect the Dingalan road and port project and get a first hand information on the status of the project which forms part of her legacy agenda to link up all parts of the country through the construction of more roads and ports.
The President's visit here is expected to underscore the importance with which she views the early completion of the project.
Started last year, the 120.65-kilometer, P1.575-billion arterial road will give rise to the Trans-Asia cargo and product shipping facility and help propel the Philippine economy. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2010.
The Dingalan road and port project comprises one-third of the Tarlac-Nueva Ejica-Aurora-Dingalan Port Road program and upgrade the linkages between the three provinces and Manila via the Manila North Road and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway project.
The completion of the Dingalan road and port project will lead to greater efficiency in the transport and handling of goods, people and services between Aurora and the neighboring provinces and boost local tourism.
It is also expected to augment Aurora's main source of livelihood - fishing - and provide jobs to thousands of its residents.
The President conducted a "windshield tour" of the seven-kilometer stretch of newly concreted road from the Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija-Dingalan, Aurora boundary to the latter's roll-on roll-off (RoRo) port.
With her were Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., Senator Edgardo Angara, Transportation Undersecretary Ma. Elena Bautista and Luzon Urban Beltway chief Ed Pamintuan.
After the brief tour of the project, the President was briefed on the status of the project and was told that the DPWH and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) were only waiting for the go-signal from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to begin RoRo operations.
Visibly pleased, the President congratulated the local government of Aurora, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac and all the people for making the project possible. (OPS) [top]