Saturday, 8 May 2010

P5-b infra makes Aurora more accessible

Ferdie G. Domingo
Manila Standard

Aurora province has built an airport, seaport, roads and bridges valued at P5 billion over the past five years, according to Senator Edgardo Angara.

With these infrastructure projects in place, Aurora has become more accessible to investors and traders as the movement of people and cargo is made faster, Angara said.

Angara told a news briefing that the single-largest project consisted of 11 bridges along the P2.2-billion Baler-Casiguran Road. The quake-resistant bridges, built in record time by F.F. Cruz, has opened up northern Aurora where the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone is being developed.

Angara also cited the building of the P63-million, 212-meter seaport and the P157-million Casiguran airport. The seaport is equipped with facilities to handle roll-on, roll-off (Roro) vessels for shipside loading of goods to and from Kaoshiung, Taiwan.

The airport will house a 480-square meter apron, a taxiway, terminal building, administration building and related facilities. It can accommodate 80-seater planes, nearly double the 50 passengers projected by the Air transportation Office.

Cavacon Inc. said that the airport will connect the capital town of Casiguran to Manila via the Baler airport, to Isabela through the Cauayan and Palanan airports and to Cagayan Valley through the Tuguegarao airport.

Angara said that starting in July, another Ro-ro port will open to serve vessels plying the route from Dingalan.

Angara said the Ro-ro port plying the Dingalan-Casiguran route will spur inter-island agricultural trade and open up new investment opportunities for farm and fishery-based enterprises, trade and tourism and create new and bigger markets for these commodities.

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