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Secondary access road to Iloilo Airport seen to bolster regional economy

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (16 September) -- The 124 million access road project in Barangay Tabucan, Cabatuan, Iloilo to the new Iloilo Airport complex is another boon to the regionís economy when completed within 210 calendar days.

The construction of the secondary access road is a commitment of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to provide an alternative road to the new Iloilo Airport for passengers coming from the northern and central part of Iloilo, the provinces of Antique, Capiz and Aklan.

On September 18, DOTC Secretary Leandro B. Mendoza is secheduled to lead the capsule-laying ceremony of this multi-million infrastructure project in Barangay Tabucan, Cabatuan, Iloilo.

The project is one of the priority SONA commitments of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The groundbreaking ceremony will also be graced by DOTC Undersecretary Doroteo Reyes II, Cong. Arthur D. Defensor of Iloiloís third district, Iloilo Governor Niel D. Tupas, Sr., Cabatuan Mayor Ramon C. Yee, and other officials.

The implementing agency of the project is the DOTC through the Project Management Office of the New Iloilo Airport Development Project in coordination with the LGU of Cabatuan.

The secondary access road is a 3.2 kilometer-stretch from the national highway in Barangay Tabucan to the airport. It will be a two-lane with 5.5 meter width asphalt concrete pavement.

Accordingly, the project covers an area of 64,944 sq.m., traversing the five barangays of Cabatuan, namely, Tabucan, Tiring, Talanghauan, Ga-ub, and Duyan-duyan.

Upon completion, the new road network will help reduce traffic at the main access road during peak hours, and will likewise save at least 15 minutes travel time for airport passengers from the north. (PIA6) [top]

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