P155-M MisOr road project seen to spur econ growth

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


RESIDENTS of Misamis Oriental now have something to look forward to as more than P155 million has been allocated for the improvement of the national highway connecting the province to some parts of Mindanao.

The Department of Public Works and Highways-region 10 (DPWH-10), through the initiative of Misamis Oriental 2nd district Representative Juliette T. Uy, held a groundbreaking ceremony in El Salvador City and in the municipalities of Alubijid, Laguindingan and Opol on June 6.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held in line with the upgrading of road projects in Cagayan de Oro, Opol, Laguindingan, Alubijid, Iligan, and Butuan.

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The project amounts to more than P155 million and to be completed come April 2015.

The improvement of the national highway in Misamis Oriental is seen to increase the economic growth in the cities and municipalities that benefit from it.

From two lanes, the road widening project along Butuan to Iligan road will expand into four lanes addressing the problem with traffic congestion particularly since the opening of Laguindingan Airport.

At the intersection of Laguindingan Airport and the national highway, a rotunda with a miniature of an airplane indicating that visitors have arrived at the airport will soon serve as a landmark.

Local government officials shared their delight in the improvement of their areas.

“We encountered these problems: condensed traffic, big trucks which delay transportation. I am pleased that El Salvador City is a recipient of this project,” said El Salvador mayor Alfredo Q. Tan.

Opol town mayor Maximo B. Seno shared his excitement for Opol. “You saw Opol in 2013, you will see Opol in 2016. The results will show in the coming years.”

Retrieving the road right-of-way

“The development of the national highway in Misamis Oriental will be successful if the local barangay officials of each city and municipality and DPWH will work together,” said Engr. Lilibeth Aparicio of DPWH-10.

Aparicio appealed to local officials of the recipient cities and municipalities to coordinate with them in retrieving the road right-of-way.

Residents and street vendors refused to vacate the street side since it is their home where they also earn.

According to DPWH’s Highway Rights, the road right-of-way shall not be less than 20 meters but such minimum width may be reduced to fifteen meters in highly urbanized areas.

DPWH want to implement such strict measurements for the benefit of the public but the residents' refusal to give way to the construction might cause the project to slow down.

The 360-calendar-day span of the road projects is a huge allowance with regard to disturbances in nature and the clearing of the residents living along the highway.

Solar-powered lighting poles along the highway

In 2015, solar-powered lighting poles are expected to be up along the national highway.

“Even before I entered politics, I noticed that our roads do not have proper lighting or worse, none at all. With lights, crime and road disasters will decrease,” Uy said.

Last December 2013, Uy announced to the mayors about the plan to put up lighting poles.

However, this solicited hesitations from them due to the lack of funding to pay for additional electricity bills.

Fortunately, these solar-powered street lights, to be put up along Opol to Lugait and Tagoloan to Jasaan as far as Claveria, will not cost the national government even a peso.

“A private sector has agreed to fund the project which will include LCDs and CCTVs. This project will push through after the upgrading of the road projects as what we have discussed with Secretary Singson,” Uy assured.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 10, 2014.

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