P548 Million-worth road widening project from Iloilo City to the new Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan
Cabatuan Airport (Iloilo International Airport)
Cabatuan, Iloilo, Philippines
High impact Western Visayas tourism projects gear up

PIA 2008/02/07, by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (7 February) -- Three quality infrastructure projects in Western Visayas are on track to be completed on schedule or before year 2010.

This was assured by Director Rolando Asis of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Region 6 in his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., noting that the projects when completed will boost the tourism industry of Western Visayas.

"These three road network projects would not only improve accessibility to major tourist areas in the region but will also improve the region's socio-economic condition, for it will open employment and investment opportunities," Director Asis said.

The three high impact projects are: the P548 Million-worth road widening project from Iloilo City to the new Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan; P676 Million Metro Iloilo Radial Road and the P453 Million Pandan-Libertad Road ending up to the boundary of Antique and Aklan Province.

Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said that "to keep our economy resilient to major economic disruptions, we have ordered a surge in infrastructure spending- P200 billion from the national government, government corporations and local governments; three thousand kilometers of roads and 10,000 school buildings- these are firewall against the world volatility and as springboard for further growth".

"The good news for the Philippines is that we have matured and diversified our economy so much the last few years that our economic turnaround is permanent and our economy resilient to major economic disruptions," the President said. (PIA)