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P290M road projects in northern Cebu
By: Lianne Llesol | Published Monday, December 14, 2020
More newly improved roads have been inaugurated and more road projects will start in northern Cebu starting December 10. (Junjie Mendoza)

Residents of the different mountain barangays in four northern Cebu towns can now move better with the newly improved provincial roads from the Capitol. 

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia led the inauguration and groundbreaking of various road improvement projects in Sogod, Borbon, Catmon, and Carmen on Thursday, December 10 amounting to almost P290 million.

The governor prefers to visit all towns and cities of the Province, even the farthest barangay or island, because only then can she know the needs and priorities of the Cebuanos. 

“Kining dalan importante kaayo sa atong kinabuhi ug panginabuhi. Ato ning hutdon ug semento tanang provincial roads ug barangay roads sa bag-o na nga standard. Only the best for the Cebuanos,” Garcia said.

All of the newly improved roads of the Capitol now follow the national standard of six meters in width and nine inches in thickness. 

Fifth District Provincial Board (PB) Member Andre “Red” Duterte assured that more projects will come next year as the PB approved the P15-billion budget for 2021.

About 55 percent of the “historic” budget is allotted for more road improvement projects, and installation of water systems, among other infrastructure projects.

The inaugurated road projects on December 10 include the Phase 1 of the Sagay-Borbon road section and Barangay Bongoyan road section in Borbon; Phase 1 of Poblacion-Agsuwao road in Catmon; and the Phase 1 of Ipil provincial road and Barangay Poblacion road section in Carmen.

The road projects that will start include Poblacion-Pansoy road and the Damolog-Bingay road in Sogod; Phase 2 of Sagay-Borbon road in Borbon; Phase 2 of Poblacion-Agsuwao road in Catmon; and Phase 2 of Ipil provincial road and Phase 1 and 2 of the Dawis-Triumpo road in Carmen.

Aside from the road projects, a P5-million slaughterhouse in Catmon and the new water system in Carmen worth about P20 million were also inaugurated.

Garcia also gave additional financial assistance to the mayors of the four northern towns for their respective priority projects. Borbon and Catmon towns received P6 million each, Carmen received P4 million while Sogod received P2 million.

Together with the governor in the event were 5th District Representative Duke Frasco, Liloan Mayor and League of Municipalities of the Philippines Cebu Chapter President Christina Frasco, Cebu Provincial Police Office Chief PCol. Aladdin Collado, as well as the local and barangay officials of the four towns. (Lianne Llesol)