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P11.9M Boljoon road now open to the public
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, November 03, 2020
Newly concreted part of the Poblacion-Dalayday-San Antonio road in Boljoon town is now open to the public. Improvement of the remaining stretch of the 14-km road will also begin. (Lito Tecson)

The newly improved one-kilometer Poblacion-Dalayday-San Antonio road section worth P11.9 million in Boljoon town, southern Cebu is now open for public use. 

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia led the opening ceremony during the town’s 414th Founding Anniversary Saturday, October 31. Before this, she led the groundbreaking of the P55.1 million second phase of the road project covering four kilometers. 

Stretching a total of 14.7 kilometers, the entire Poblacion-Dalayday-San Antonio road will be concreted next year as funding for this is included in the P15 billion proposed budget for 2021, the governor committed.

One of the Garcia administration’s priority projects is to improve 880 kilometers of provincial roads in the entire Cebu Province, following national standards of 6.1 meters in width and 9 inches in thickness.

In her speech, the governor recalled visiting Boljoon’s Stations of the Holy Cross in 2019 located in the then narrow and rough Poblacion-Dalayday road section.

"Duna gyu'y hinungdan nganong nahitabo to nga naabot ko diri unya nagkita mi si Mayor (Derama) ug Tata Salvador (2nd District PB Member Jose Mari Salvador). Nakaingon gyud ko adto nga 'Ginoo, kon tugotan nga modaug ko ako gyud ning atimanon ning maong karsada," she narrated.

Second District Representative Wilfredo Caminero expressed his gratitude and confidence to Garcia’s passion and dedication to serve the Cebuanos.

“Salamat kaayo sa grasya Gov Gwen kay ako mismo nakasaksi gyud unsa kalisud moagi ning dalana sa una. Magkurog ang akong tuhod. Magdungaw pa og kimba. Tinuod gyud na nga dili mahimong magsugat ang mga sakyanan dinhing dapita sa una. Apan karon lapad na," he said.

Board Member Edsel Galeos, representing the 2nd District of Cebu, vowed to work even harder in the Provincial Board to support the priority programs of Garcia which include road concreting, waterworks, hospital upgrade, and rural electrification.

"Atong abagan ang paningkamot ni Gov Gwen nga ibalik ang nindot nato nga mga karsada nga duna gyuy lined ditch or canal on both sides," he said.

Boljoon Mayor Merlou Derama also thanked Garcia for the newly improved road that benefits residents of the town’s mountain barangays.

"Dili gyud ikalimod kon unsa kadako kining gasa nga gihatag ni Gov Gwen nato dinhi sa Boljoon labi na niadtong gikan sa bukid maghatod og abot dinhi sa patag," Derama said.

Meanwhile, Garcia also led the ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing of the town’s newly renovated "Balay Lungsod" or municipal hall worth Php9.750 million funded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Bohol Earthquake Assistance Funds.

Municipal Treasurer Ruben Niere said the municipal hall was severely hit by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on October 15, 2013. 

With its epicenter located in Inabanga, Bohol, the tremor was also felt in Cebu Province, especially in the southeastern towns, affecting many churches and other historical sites.

Joining Garcia in the ceremonies were Caminero, Galeos, Derama, former Mayor Teresita "Daday" Celis, Vice Mayor Ervin Villanueva, Provincial Engineering Office Chief Hector Jamora, contractor Jonathan Quirante of Quirante Construction, Alcoy Mayor Michael Sestoso, and other local officials. (Eleanor Valeros)