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Western Visayas roads to summer destinations in good condition, DPWH says

PIA Press Release
2009/03/20

Western Visayas roads to summer destinations in good condition, DPWH says
by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (20 March) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways in Western Visayas (WV) is efficiently exerting efforts to maintain the national roads leading to summer destinations in the region.

Director Rolando M. Asis said they anticipate increased daily traffic volume as several families are expected to travel to various destinations in the region like Boracay island.

Asis said that in the observance of the Holy Week in the second week of April, District Engineers were directed to activate a composite team and put up public assistance centers at strategic locations in their respective area of jurisdiction to assist motorists.

The DPWH Director said that they were instructed by Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., and Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, in-charge of the Visayas operations to enhance DPWH efforts to improve travel condition particularly on busy highways leading to summer destinations.

The DPWH6 is also fast-tracking effort the implementation of the 13.096-kilometer road widening project along the Iloilo City-Sta. Barbara Road, the main access leading to the new Iloilo International Airport located in the municipalities of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan.

The project, which is among the SONA priority projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, has significantly reduced travel time to the new Iloilo airport from Iloilo City.

The DPWH press report disclosed that in Guimaras Province, the two (2) bailey bridges namely Bugnay Bridge in Jordan and Mantasic Bridge in San Lorenzo will be converted into reinforced concrete deck girder bridge within the year. President's Bridge Program-Project Management Office Director Emil K. Sadain said that the two bridges have a corresponding appropriation of P15 million and 25 milllion, respectively.

The bridge improvement will pave way in enhancing the mobility of motorists and passengers including their agricultural and fishery products and construction materials in nearby barangays and municipalities and even in mainland Iloilo and Negros Occidental. Local and foreign tourists will also enjoy their travel with well-improved bridges in going to various destinations in the province like the Mc Arthur's Wharf and 18th Century Guisi Lighthouse, the DPWH press report disclosed. (PIA 6) [top]

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