Wednesday, 19 May 2010

PGMA inspects ongoing P2.2-B Central Mindanao road project

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao, May 18 (PNA) - People here welcomed on Tuesday with delight President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for being the first-ever head of the country to have visited this mountain town.

The President arrived here aboard a Presidential chopper around 10a.m. following an aerial inspection of the P892.4-million 37.88-km. North Upi, Maguindanao – Sultan Kudarat Road.

The undertaking forms part of the P2.2-billion Central Mindanao Road Project (CMRP).

While here, the President exchanged pleasantries with a local farmers' group and workers of the Korean-based Hanjin Company that handles the road project.

“With this road project, I expect your lives to become more progressive now,” the President told the crowd of well-wishers gathered at the town plaza here.

Alex Racines, leader of the South Upi farmers’ association, said the road concreting, despite its six percent completion, has helped hasten the delivery of their products to Cotabato City and other neighboring urban centers in the South Central Mindanao Region.

“The previous six-hour travel from our municipality to Cotabato City for agricultural products, for example, now only takes two hours to travel, making us save a lot from travel cost and damage of our goods,” Racines stressed.

The particular road project, now 90 percent finished on its widening segment prior to its concreting phase, is expected for completion by November this year.

Also being undertaken under the CMRP endeavor are the 30.16-km. Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat – North Upi Road that is 70 percent completed and the 36.94 km. Maguindanao-Sultan Kudarat Boundary –Lebak-Kalamansig Road.

The President proceeded to Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte for another round of sortie after her 15-minute visit here. (PNA)

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