Aquino invited to inaugurate projects in Iloilo-A A +A
Monday, June 9, 2014
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III was invited to come to Iloilo City on June 27, 2014 to inaugurate some P4 billion worth of infrastructure projects realized during his administration in this highly urbanized southern city in the Visayas.
Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, who hails from Iloilo, said the Palace has yet to approve and confirm the invitation and see the schedule of the President. But if the President could not make it to Iloilo on that date, the inauguration of the projects will have to wait and be rescheduled.
Drilon said the projects to be inaugurated will include the P2.1-billion circumferential road, P550-million Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue or the Iloilo diversion road, P170-million Iloilo River Subdivision Phase Phase I in Barangays Camalig and Lanit, Jaro and the P200 million Iloilo roll on-roll off (roro) wharf in Lapuz area.
The 14-kilometer circumferential road will start from the coastal road to the Acropolis and the President is expected to conduct a drive through the Esplanade I up to the diversion avenue to see the new 10-lane diversion road up to Sambag, Jaro.
After Sambag, an ongoing construction of a six-lane road is up to the Iloilo airport entrance in Cabatuan, Iloilo where a service and access road going to the airport is being constructed with a perimeter fence.
The President will conduct a drive through inspection of these completed projects on top of the update reports on the ongoing construction of the P700 million Iloilo Convention Center, P200 million Iloilo fishing port expansion and the soon to be implemented P350 million new bridge connecting Arroyo to Lapuz district near the new roro wharf and the P100-million Promenade II starting behind the Iloilo Provincial Capitol to Muelle Loney.
Drilon said the President will also be briefed on the update of the biggest dam project outside of Luzon, the P11.2 billion Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) Stage II to be constructed in Calinog, Iloilo.
But Drilon said it is the city councilors’ judgment if they do not want JRMP in the city of Iloilo, by referring to some members of the city council here for their seeming adamant attitude in giving support and endorsement to JRMP Stage II.
The city councilors said they were never consulted on the project and it is only now when everything is already in place.
The Senate President said the National Government project will proceed as scheduled and will generate 17,000 job opportunities to the Ilonggos. It is expected to triple rice production of Iloilo to 360 metric tons per hectare per year from its 32,000 hectares of farmlands.
The engineering design will be completed on August 2014 while the bidding in Korea will be held in the last quarter of the year. Actual construction of the dam project will start first week of 2015 and completion is slated in late 2017.
The Korean government is funding the project with more than P8 billion in soft loan while the Philippine government is funding more than P2 billion.