Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Philippines fast tracks vital tourism and agri highway project in Cordillera


MANILA (PNA) -- Considered as one of the vital road networks in the Cordillera region, as it connects the major tourists spots and agricultural communities to the market areas, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) doubled its efforts to complete the remaining concreting works of the Banaue-Bontoc Road Project.

In his recent inspection, Public Works Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. instructed the DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region to take advantage of the remaining summer weeks and accomplish much of the programmed works.

Included in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's State of the Nation Address, the highway concreting project will cut travel time from Bontoc in Mt. Province to the famous rice terraces in Banaue, Ifugao from two or three hours to one hour.

Josefina Bangan, wife of a local farmer in Mt. Polis, said that although the project is yet to be completed, they have increased their profit from their vegetable business.

She said they are now able to sell their vegetable produce at much higher price which they could now deliver fresh from the farm to market centers.

DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region Director Roy Manao said that the project is already 35.89 percent complete and in coordination with the contractor, they are maximizing their efforts to complete the project on or before December this year.

This P864-million road project covers the construction of 94.12 kilometers of Portland cement concrete pavement from Brgy. View Point in Banaue to Sumani in Bontoc. It also includes the construction of a drainage system, slope protection works and installation of road safety devices such as guardrails and road signs. (PNA)

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