Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Albay has P1.4B in infra devt money

Business Mirror

LEGAZPI CITY—Up to P1.4 billion in fresh funds for the Bicol international airport in Albay province and its road network have been earmarked for the year, according to the provincial government.

The provincial government of Albay also said it expects more funds to boost tourism efforts.

From the P1.4 billion, the international airport in Daraga town would get P600 million for land acquisition and engineering-related works and P814 million would pay for the construction of new roads to the airport and nearby Donsol town in Sorsogon.

Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda said he expects the P814 million to be released this November to complete the 27-kilometer triple road access linking the Albay towns of Pioduran, Jovellar, Guinobatan, Camalig and Daraga to Donsol.

 The road network skirting the P3.5-billion airport project would entail the construction of five new bridges with a total span of 75 meters.

Last May 6, the Regional Development Council unanimously endorsed the new road network to be funded by an P814-million grant from the Millennium Challenge, a US grant facility.

Salceda has disclosed that President Arroyo vowed to support the 200-hectare airport project in barangay Alobo, Daraga. The site overlooks the towns of Camalig, Daraga and this city—site of the domestic airport.

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