PGMA back to Iloilo
Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will lead the inauguration of the P37 million 50-bed capacity hospital inside the Western Visayas Sanitarium in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo today.
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported that the president will arrive in the afternoon. No definite time of arrival was given as of press time.
After the activities at the Western Visayas Sanitarium, Pres. Arroyo will conduct an inaugural drive through upgraded and rehabilitated roads in strategic locations in the second and third districts of Iloilo.
PIA reported that the President will be driven through these secondary national roads access and stop over in Bgy. Bancal, Alimodian for project briefing by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Two of the projects she will look into are the rehabilitated Iloilo-Capiz route via Zarraga, Iloilo, and the road upgrading of Mandurriao-San Miguel-Alimodian-Maasin-Cabatuan Road.
The Rehabilitated Iloilo-Capiz route is P5-million worth of project from the 2009 Regular Infra program of government, consisting of an overlay of 0.465 Km. road, 6.30 meters wide and 0.050 meters thick, including repair works, resurfacing of shoulders on both sides with pavement markings.
The project is along a national arterial road which is the main trunk line of vehicular traffic coming from the provinces of Aklan, Capiz and northern Iloilo to the city and vice-versa.
The project, according to the DPWH started in March 2009 and fully operational as of December 2009.
On the other hand, the road upgrading of Mandurriao-San Miguel-Alimodian-Maasin-Cabatuan Road, costing P10 million is a concrete paving of 0.644 Km. road, 6.70 meters wide and 0.23 meters thick, serving as passage of vehicles going to the municipalities of Pavia, San Miguel, Alimodian and Maasin to Iloilo and vice-versa.
The road also leads to the junction of Bancal, Alimodian-Leon-Antique boundary which, Alimodian Mayor Juanito Alipao said is a strategic area because the towns involved are vast producers of agricultural products that supply the needs of Iloilo city and the province.
The DPWH said that the project was completed in approximately 150 calendar days, since it started in March 2009 and is now fully operational. (PIA6/ESS)