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PGMA inspects P210-million infra projects in Davao City

by RG Alama

Davao City (28 February) -- A school building and a bridge, these were the two infrastructure projects that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited during her brief visit to Davao City last Thursday (Feb. 27).

After her arrival at the Davao Internatioal Airport, the President motored to Sirawan, a predominantly Moslem-populated seaside barangay located in the southern part of the City to grace the groundbreaking ceremony of a 2-storey, 4-classroom building at the Sirawan Beach Elementary School which is worth an estimated P4-million.

"This is part of her promise to build 10,000 schoolbuildings nationwide for 2008." Department of Education Region XI information Officer Dodong Atillo said.

The schoolbuilding is projected to be completed before the next school year starts in June and would greatly benefit the school whose students are mostly made up of Kalagans, one of the major Moslem tribes inhabiting the coastal areas of the Davao region.

Later at around 1 p.m. the President went to the construction site of the Governor Generoso Bridge I. The project which was intended to replace the damaged 50-year old bridge, is estimated to cost P206-million.

The President was greeted by her local supporters who were finally relieved that the bridge which is part of the City's vital artery has been finally constructed at a fast-tracked phase. She was briefed on the site by Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane.

According to DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut they would be using a bore-pile method of construction that will provide a stronger bridge and also would cut down the construction time by at least two-thirds.

The Governor Generoso Bridge is expected to be completed by August this year.(PIA) [top]

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