Funding halts in 2011 for P2.85 billion Bukidnon road projects

MALAYBALAY CITY(Bukidnon News Dispatch / 03 Oct 2011) – The national government has stopped funding about P2.85 billion worth of road projects in Bukidnon, at least in one of the province’s three districts, board member Nemesio Beltran Jr said.

Beltran cited four road projects in the second district started by Department of Public Works and Highways under the Arroyo administration but obtained budget only until 2011.

The halted Valencia City-Talaingod-Kapalong Davao del Norte highway, the biggest of the four projects, still needs P1.525 billion to pave about 51 kilometers and to install slope protection and flood control, Beltran said.

The other three projects are the Aglayan-Zamboanguita, Aglayan-Alanib-Tikalaan, and the Impasug-ong-Patulangan roads.  About P1.324 billion is needed to complete the three roads. Except for the Impasug-ong road, the two were described as “secondary arterial roads” or alternate road.

The road projects, he said, benefit Bukidnon’s two cities and at least six of its 20 towns.

That is why, Beltran said, the Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan has passed a resolution recently urging President Benigno Aquino III to mind the funds for the project.

“We are just reminding PNoy (President Aquino) about the on-going projects to continue them because his new team may have different priorities now,” Beltran told Bukidnon News via SMS Monday.

Since the roads serve also as alternate to Bukidnon’s Sayre Highway, it is also important to road users crossing Bukidnon from other parts of Mindanao. “Considering, the foregoing, there is an urgent need to continuously fund the said road projects until completed,” he added.
Beltran said he could not cite the projects from other congressional districts in the province. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)

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