Davao Norte Gov. RDR vows anew completion of Talaingod-Bukidnon road during inaugural SP session

july 3, 2013
By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News
Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario vowed anew to make vigorous efforts for the completion of Talaingod-Bukidnon road which would strategically link two provinces.
Also within the governor’s road infrastructure thrusts for completion in his last term are the roads from Kilometer 0, Asuncion to Laak, Compostela Valley and Veruela, Agusan del Sur,  from Florida, Kapalong via Semong to Loreto, Agusan del Sur, from Mahayahay, Panabo to Paquibato, Davao City, and the circumferential road in Samal Island.
He informed these during the inaugural session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan  Monday where the governor was the guest of honor. He bared his wide-ranging development thrusts to the body. 
Del Rosario thanked and sought anew policy support and partnership with the legislative body.
Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr thanked the governor and pledged support for his endeavors, saying that the legislative chamber has witnessed how the governor laid down through his previous two terms the development blueprint of the province.
DPWH Davao del Norte district engineer Fernando Ongkingco Jr said in an interview that “the Talaingod-Bukidnon road can be done, completed before the end of 2016.” 
The current hitch of the Talaingod-Bukidnon road, a national project since 2007, is that it is passable but road difficulties abound as it has many remaining untouched sections needing construction works due to lack of funding.
The governor has been lobbying to the national government for the completion of the Talaingod-Bukidnon every change of President since Ramos time. 
The road has a total stretch of 128.16 kilometers, connecting the two provinces from Kapalong town to the city of Valencia in Bukidnon. It is touted to cut travel time by three hours from Davao del Norte to Cagayan de Oro City if compared to taking the route via Buda, Davao City.
Earlier, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Luwalhati Antonino said that the Talaingod-Bukidnon road needed an additional P2.29 billion to complete the paving and ancillary works for the entire road stretch. The project has a total cost of P3.64 billion. 
About P1.53 billion was needed to fully pave the road and construct slope protection in Bukidnon side, and another P764.8 million to fully pave the road in Davao Del Norte side.
The MinDA Board, through a resolution urged President Benigno Simeon Aquino III last year to highly prioritize the road’s completion. It is one of the priority infrastructure projects listed in the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework.
Governor del Rosario is member of the MinDA Board, being the president of the Mindanao Confederation of Governors. Del Rosario, being the president of the Confederation of the League of Governors and Mayors in Mindanao (CONFED). (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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