President Aquino leads groundbreaking ceremony for Mactan Circumferential Road Project

April 20, 2013 12:10 am 

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, April 19 — In anticipation of the estimated 56 million domestic tourist arrivals by 2016, as targeted by the administration, President Benigno S. Aquino III led on Friday the groundbreaking rites for the Mactan Island Circumferential Road Widening Project.

This is an existing paved road with a total length of 26,334 kilometers that will link the villages of Pajo and Poblacion while traversing the Municipality of Cordova, with three component bridges namely Gabi, Pilipog I, and Pilipog II that have a combined length of 49.02 meters.

The project aims to ease traffic from the Mactan International Airport on the way to the various world class tourist destinations which the island is popularly known for such as the Imperial Palace Water Park Resort and Spa, Mactan Shrine, Plantation Bay, and Shangri La Hotel to name a few.

Speaking before local residents and officials here, the President emphasized the significance of having this facility to provide convenience for the millions of tourists who are regarded as important contributors to the country's economy.

“Bawat turistang pumasok po sa atin, dagdag na trabaho sa Pilipinas. Ang punto po nito, padaliin natin ang biyahe ng mga turista para talaga namang lalo silang ma-engganyong dumating sa atin,” the President said.

“’Yun ang layon ng kalsadang ‘to, sampu ng ating export processing zone, dahil kung titignan po naman natin ang ating kalsada sa kasalukuyan, mukha ho talagang highway: one lane in each direction. Masiraan ang isa, ayos na ang traffic. Ang turista po na, sabihin natin pitong araw ang bakasyon, ang kalahating araw napunta sa traffic, siguro ‘di na babalik sa atin,” he added.

In his briefing to the President, Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo reported that their Region VII office was able to save more than P400-million in its budget for this project.

The total cost of the project is P3.7245-billion including the road right of way acquisition. Of this amount, P300-million has been earmarked by the DPWH from its 2012 budget and P113-million shall be drawn from the Department of Tourism-DPWH convergence program budget for 2011.

The remaining P3.31152-billion to complete the four-lane road will be considered in the 2014 budget of the DPWH and the succeeding budgets will be sourced from any available funds.

During his speech, the President appealed to the people of Cebu for their cooperation with the DPWH while this project is ongoing as they are still contending with some problems in the right of way.

“Sasabihin ho kasi kadalasan, ‘Tama ang proyektong ‘yan. Maganda ang proyektong yan! Pero kung mayroon kayong momolestiyahin, ‘huwag ako.’ Eh paano ho tayo matatapos kung medyo, ‘di ba, parang ‘close-open, close-open’ ‘yung kalsada? Makiusap po tayo doon sa mga tatamaan na intindihin ang kapanakan ng nakakarami," he said.

Pakiusapan ho natin, kailangan makisama tayo ngayon para mapabilis ‘yung proseso ng dagdag na asenso para sa inyo dito, lalo na sa Mactan at sa kabuuang probinsya ng Cebu, at sa inyo pong rehiyon at sa ating bansa,” the President said. (PNA)

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