PGMA to inspect infra projects in Western Mindanao on Thursday

March 10, 2010 10:35 pm 

TAMPILISAN, Zamboanga del Norte, March 10 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo resumes her Agribusiness Mindanao tour with a visit to Western Mindanao or the Zamboanga Peninsula on Thursday.

The President will inspect the on-going construction of the P3.94 billion Zamboanga West Coast Road project as part of her Legacy Tour of accomplishments.

She will also visit the new town of Baligiuan, in this province, which is about four hours from Dipolog City, to inspect the 175.724-kilometer road that is vital to the development of the region. The project will complete the circumferential road of the Zamboanga Peninsula and is expected to influence the economic growth of the municipalities of Sibuco, Sirawai, Siocon, Baliguian, Gutalac, Labason and Liloy. The road project ends at the junction of the Sindangan-Ipil National Road.

When completed in October this year, the road project will facilitate the transport of agricultural and marine products which are abundant in the region.

The road improvement will also put an end to the risk of transporting goods and products via sea travel since it passes through coastal municipalities.

Moreover, the road will provide access and comfort to the travelling public and contribute to the peace and order in the area as well as promote eco-tourism development.

The project was started in April 2007.

The President’s next stop will be at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University here, which is around three hours by land from Dipolog City.

The University, the only state university in the Zamboanga Peninsula, offers agriculture and agri-education courses.

Here, the President will inform the people and students on the accomplishments and legacy projects the Arroyo administration.

The Super Regions concept was first unveiled in her 2006 State-of the-Nation Address where she noted the importance of grouping selected regions and provinces by their economic strengths to stimulate economic growth and development.

Mindanao's competitive edge is agribusiness. It supplies 40 percent of the country's food requirements and contributes more than 30 percent to the national food trade. Agribusiness Mindanao covers Regions 9 to 12, CARAGA except Siargao, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). (PNA)

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