DPWH rushes completion of Dapitan-Dakak Road in Zamboanga

June 10, 2009 12:06 pm 

By Lily O Ramos

MANILA, June 10 — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is speeding up the completion of the Dapitan-Dakak Road in support of the fast-growing eco-tourism industry in Zamboanga peninsula.

The construction of the 10.7-kilometer of Portland concrete cement pavement, slope protection works, drainage system and installation of road safety devices is expected to be fully completed in December.

The new road will not only boost the area's tourism goal, but the development of the local infrastructure will also promote investment and employment opportunities for the residents of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur and environs.

DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said on Wednesday the completion of the Dapitan-Dakak Road would cut down the travel time from two hours to less than an hour — coming from downtown Dapitan City going to the internationally- renowned Dakak Beach Resort.

Ebdane added that in his recent inspection in Zamboanga City, Undersecretary Bashir Rasuman reported having instructed the project engineers as well as the contractor to fast-track the project's implementation and completion ahead of schedule.

On the other hand, Rasuman, who is also in-charge of the Mindanao Operations, said Secretary Ebdane gave him specific instruction to assure quality of work, that is why he has to see the project site for actual work progress. (PNA) scs/LOR

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