Friday, 12 March 2010

PGMA legacy project extends to far Tawi-Tawi

PANGLIMA SUGALA, Tawi-Tawi (PND) – Even in this faraway province down south, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is making sure her legacy projects would leave an indelible imprint among the local constituents.

On or before her term ends in June, locals here would see the realization of their dream linkage with the island of Sanga-Sanga, where their provincial capital Bongao is located.

This, the Department of Public Works and Highways assured the President today as she inspected the status of the Tawi-Tawi Road Bridge partnership Project (TTRBPP) that would link the province’s remote barangays and boost socio-economic activity.

The P342-million legacy project in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, forms part of the President's Bridges Program that aims to spur growth and progress in remote areas.

Once completed, the bridge will provide residents a better and much cheaper way to transport goods, services and people in and around the province.

It will spur economic growth to this 3rd class province of 156,000 people as they will soon be provided with a means to conduct business more effectively and efficiently.

DPWH Assistant Secretary Erwin Sadain, who heads the program, told the President that the agency had come up with a revised work plan to overcome inevitable delays in construction and was certain the TRBPP would be completed in three months time.

The scope of work needed to complete the TRBPP include the construction of three sectional bridges of varying lengths and its respective approaches and road improvements from both sides of the bridge.

Phase I and Phase II of the project consists of the construction of 39.62 linear meters and 100.58 ln.m. bridges, respectively on the Sanga-Sanga (Bongao) island side while Phase III consists of the construction of a 152.40 ln.m. bridge from the Lapid-Lapid side (mainland Tawi-Tawi).

After the DPWH briefing, the President was ushered to the nearby municipal hall where she met with local officials led by Tawi-Tawi governor Sadikul Sahali.

Joining the President were Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzalez, DPWH Secretary Victor Domingo and Agricultural Reform Secretary and CORD-ARMM Nasser Pangandaman.

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