Wednesday, 24 March 2010

PGMA inspects P600M Basilan road project

TIPO-TIPO, Basilan (PND) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo enplaned here today to inspect the rehabilitation of the 29.309-kilometer portion of the Basilan Circumferential Road linking Tipo-Tipo and Maluso towns.

The P600 million Basilan Circumferential Road Project aims to spur economic growth in Basilan and neighboring island provinces even as government steps up its campaign against terrorism and lawlessness in conflict-stricken areas in the south .

Started last Jan. 7, the rehabilitation of Tipo-Tipo-Maluso road is set for completion in 120 working days, with P2 million advanced by the implementing unit, the Joint Engineer Task Force “Kaunlaran Basilan” of the National Development Support Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The task force is composed of the Engineer Maintenance Support Battalion, 55th Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army, and the 1st Naval Mobile Construction Battalion of the Naval Construction Brigade of the Philippine Navy.

Total rehabilitation cost, estimated at P89.05 million, will be shouldered by the national government.

On hand to welcome President Arroyo were Basilan Governor Jum Akbar, Tipo-Tipo Mayor Ingatan Istarul, Al-Barka Acting Mayor Muhammad Abukisan, Ungkaya Pukan Mayor Joel Maturan, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Presidential Assistant (PA) Jose Barnoso, Rear Admiral Alexander Pama, Brig. General Michaelo Salvaleon (who is the Army Commander of the 55th Engineering Brigade and administration of Joint Engineering Task Force Kaunlaran Basilan), and Philippine National Police (PNP) Basilan Senior Superintendent Antonio Mendoza.

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