President Aquino lauds Lake Taal Circumferential Road as concrete proof of the country's progress as economic and tourism potential of Batangas is expected to improve

April 29, 2013 11:42 pm 

AGONCILLO, Batangas, April 29 — President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded the Lake Taal Circumferential Road (LTCR) as a concrete proof of the country's progress saying the economic and tourism potential of the province and nearby areas is expected to be strengthened.

The Chief Executive made this statement during his speech after he was briefed on the status of the Lake Taal Circumferential Road project here on Monday.

"Ngayong araw, narito tayo para saksihan ang isa na namang kongkretong tagumpay sa pag-usad natin tungo sa kaunlaran – ang Lake Taal Circumferential Road, na pihadong maghahatid ng malaking pakinabang hindi lang para sa Batangas kundi maging para sa kalakhang lipunan," the President said.

According to Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, who gave the briefing, the LTCR is a road project under the Department of Tourism and Department of Public Works and Highways convergence program to identify, prioritize and implement road access leading to strategic tourism destinations as identified in the DOT Tourism master plan.

The President said the government has set aside P285-million for the LTCR, particularly the concreting and drainage improvement for the 40-kilometer Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo section.

Once completed, the LTCR will cut travel time from Tanauan City to Lemery, Batangas in half, from 3 hours to 1-1/2 hours.

"Ibig pong sabihin: mas mabilis nang madadala sa iba’t ibang palengke dito sa Batangas ang mga produkto ng ibang bayan, at ang mga produktong galing naman dito sa inyo, tulad ng bangus at tubo, ay mas mabilis nang mailuluwas patungo sa ibang lugar," the President said.

"Mas sariwang mga prutas, gulay, at produkto ang lalapag sa inyong merkado, at mas sasaya ang mga suki ninyo. Ang resulta ay mas malagong kalakalan dito sa inyong bayan, na maghahatid ng malawakang kaunlaran para sa mga kababayan nating Batangueño," he added.

"Sa pagbubukas nga ng inyong pinaunlad na circumferential road, binubuksan rin natin ang Batangas sa mas maraming oportunidad, hindi lamang para sa komersyo kundi maging para sa turismo. Sa pagginhawa at pagbilis ng pagbiyahe rito, asahan na rin ninyong mas dadagsain ang inyong sikat na sikat—at talaga namang maipagmamalaking—dive site sa Anilao, o ang inyong napakagandang aplaya sa San Juan Laiya, o maging ang pamosong Taal Volcano. Idagdag na rin ninyo ang mas maraming turista na lalong mae-engganyong bumisita rito para tikman ang inyong napakasarap na Bulalo," the President noted.

Joining the President were Singson, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Senator Franklin Drilon and Batangas Representative Nelson Collantes. (PNA)

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