Thursday, 18 February 2010

17 infrastructure projects worth P13.9b coming

Manila Standard

DAVAO CITY—President Gloria Arroyo said Tuesday 10 major infrastructure projects in Mindanao worth P13.95 billion will be finished before she steps down on June 30.

Those projects will spur growth in Mindanao and develop its human and natural resources, she said.

“We must free our young people in Mindanao from the scourge of poverty so that they may look to a brighter future,” Mrs. Arroyo said.

“This future will be built on education, good roads and infrastructure, and jobs for them and their families.”

The projects to be build are the following:

• the P3.96-billion Sibuco-Sirawai-Siocon-Baliguian road that will connect Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur

• the P363.09-Iligan City circumferential road

• the P504 million Dinagat Island road network

• the P6.68-billion Surigao del Sur-Davao del Sur coastal road

• the P451-million Zamboanga Airport

• the P478.05-million Dipolog Airport

• the P375.46-million Pagadian Airport

• the P212.12-million Ozamiz Airport

• the P592.74-million Butuan Airport

• the P327-million Cotabato Airport.

Mrs. Arroyo said Mindanao could only have lasting peace through development.

“Peace and development goes hand in hand,” she said.

“With agribusiness underpinning our unstoppable march toward peace and development in Mindanao, we are optimistic that the attainment of our development vision is at hand.” Joyce Pangco Pañares

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