PGMA to inspect bridge project in Tawi-Tawi on Thursday

March 10, 2010 10:35 pm 

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi, March 10 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will visit this province on Thursday (March 11) to personally inspect the status of the ongoing Tawi-Tawi Bridge Road Partnership Project (TBRPP), one of the Chief Executive’s major infrastructure programs in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The TBRPP, which falls under the President’s Bridges Program, aims to link the capital of this southernmost province of Mindanao to mainland Tawi-Tawi through the construction of a kilometer-long bridge, its approaches and attached road components that will cross the Manauk Channel.

The TBRPP, which has five components: the upgrading of the 7.6 kilometer Sanga-Sanga road, the upgrading of the 8.45 kilometer Lapid-Lapid road, the construction of Sanga-Sanga bridge, the construction of Lapid-Lapid bridge, and the construction of Bakhaw Dakula Link Road, will connect the five mainland municipalities of the province, namely: Panglima Sugala, Sapa-Sapa, Tandubas, Lunguyan and Bongao.

To be built at a cost of P342-million, the TBRPP, whose groundbreaking and time capsule laying ceremonies were led by the President last May 2008, is a collaboration between the Growth Equity Mindanao-United States Agency for International Development (GEM-USAID), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi.

When completed, the TBRPP will provide infrastructure support for the fast and efficient delivery of goods and basic services within the province, especially for the social and economic development and the peace process in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Joining the President are CORD-ARMM and Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, Public Works Secretary Victor Domingo, Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, Presidential Adviser for Mindanao Jesus Dureza, Tawi-Tawi Gov. Sadikul Sahali, Tawi-Tawi lone district Rep. Nur Jaafar, and Bongao Mayor Albert Que. (PNA)

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