Transaxial road ‘to come to fruition’

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Friday, July 13, 2012


FORMER Cebu City councilor and lawyer Hilario “Junjun” Davide III will revive and implement the transaxial highway proposed by the late vice governor Gregorio Sanchez Jr. if he is elected governor next year.

Davide said the Province already spent millions for the project’s feasibility study between 2007 and 2010, when Sanchez and Gov. Gwen Garcia were still on good terms.

However, the project was shelved after the two officials parted ways and clashed during the May 10, 2010 elections. Sanchez supported President Benigno Aquino III, while Garcia backed then defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, the presidential candidate of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

P50-billion highway

“Once I will be elected as governor next year, I will immediately retrieve that feasibility study, clean that of dust and cobwebs and look for funds so this can be implemented. This will be one of my major projects,” he said.

He said he believes the project can be one of the steps to deploy industries to the countryside because the proposal is to build a four-lane highway from Santander in the south to Daanbantayan in the north.

In 2009, Sanchez had said he had high hopes his pet project would be realized, adding that this would give the Province a projected annual income of P3 billion from economic zones, water supply from sources where the highway will pass, agricultural products and real estate taxes, among others.

The P50-billion highway will have feeder roads that will connect to cities and municipalities.

“This transaxial highway must be realized because we know that the prices of the lands where it will pass will appreciate. We can easily invite investors once the highway is in place,” Davide said.

Bakud allies

Meanwhile, he revealed that the number of mayors who support his gubernatorial bid has gone up to 19.

Initially, he only had the support of mayors under the Liberal Party (LP): Mayors Celestino Martinez Jr. (Bogo City), Jonas Cortes (Mandaue City), Teresa Alegado (Consolacion), Antonio Canoy (San Fernando), Geraldine Yapha (Pinamungajan), Democrito Diamante (Tuburan), Jennifer Ilustrisimo (Sta. Fe), Eusebio Dungog (Tabogon) and Teresito Mariñas (Barili).

Davide said that with the signing of the coalition agreement between the LP and Bakud Party of Danao City Vice Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III, nine mayors from the fifth district--Compostela, Carmen, Catmon, Sogod, Borbon, Poro, Tudela, San Francisco and Pilar--were added to his list of supporters.

Last Wednesday, Daanbantayan Mayor Malou Loot announced she would back Davide.

“I am happy that (Mayor) Malou has decided to support. Nineteen na ang mayors nato (We now have 19 mayors),” Davide said.

He said he expect mayors from the second district, including Argao Mayor Edsel Galeos, to join LP and support him and his runningmate, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale of Bakud Party.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 13, 2012.

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