[ Manila Bulletin Online ] February 19, 2009
MAKILALA, North Cotabato — In connection with her thrust of linking an effective transport network in the two frontier Southern Philippines’ region, President Arroyo is scheduled to inspect today the newly completed R45 million Malaang bridge here.
The new bridge will serve as linkage to the new route connecting the Davao-Cotabato road.
Central Mindanao is considered the rice granary in the southern island while Kidapawan City is also dubbed the major fruit basket in Mindanao.
The new bridge that connects the new access road was constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as a replacementfor the existing double blind curve along the Malaang section, which according to traffic reports, have caused several road accidents.
Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo will brief the Chief Executive regarding the new Malaang Bridge that would provide safer and shorter route for travelers, particularly the business sector.
Momo said the new bridge will open up more economic opportunities and enhance access to social services in the two regions.
The construction of the bridge started in April 2007, and supervised by Central Mindanao DPWH Regional Director Sinaolan Macarambon and North Cotabato District Engineer Leonardo Martinez, Jr.
The Davao-Cotabato Road is the major arterial road that is being used to deliver goods of various businesses and services, said Momo.
Upon arrival here today, President Arroyo will be welcomed by Rep. Emmylou Talino-Mendoza (1st district, North Cotabato), Rep. Bernardo Piñol (2nd district, North Cotabato), North Cotabato Gov. Jesus Sacdalan, Vice-Gov. Emmanuel Piñol, Makilala Mayor Onofre Respicio and other ranking regional, provincial and city officials in Central Mindanao, including military and police officials.
Last week, the President was also in nearby Kidapawan City to personally look into the economic development and peace and order condition of the region, particularly the new proposed talks between the government panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
During her last visit, the sangguniang panlalawigan led by Vice-Gov. Piñol handed over several resolutions to the President in addressing the peace and order problem in the province of North Cotabato and the region. (Mike U. Crismundo)