2 Huge Davao Norte Projects Bared

Jan. 23, 2007

TAGUM CITY — Former Davao del Norte governor Rodolfo del Rosario, who is President Gloria Macapagal Arroyos adviser on New Government Centers, has said there are two big-ticket infrastructure projects in Davao del Norte that have been funded for their implementation.

Del Rosario said last week that the two mega-projects are the Talaingod-Bukidnon road, which was allocated 1.2 billion pesos and the Saug River Development Project, which was given an appropriation of 700 million pesos.

The Talaingod-Bukidnon road involves the concreting of the existing dirt road network and the opening of new roads that will connect the town of San Fernando, Bukidnon, and Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

Del Rosario said the initial phase of the project, which is the concreting of the road from the circumferential road to the town center in Santo Nio, will be implemented this year.

Del Rosario said that during his tenure as the provincial governor he worked for the conversion of the road to Talaingod from a provincial road to a national road, which is why the national government is funding the upgrading of the existing road network.

The Saug River Development Project, del Rosario said, entails putting up a catchment dam in the Saug river that would solve the perennial flooding in the area. The water in the dam would then be used to irrigate 8,000 hectares of farmlands and the water could also be used for hydro-electric power and also a source of drinking water.

Del Rosario the two projects are part of the supra-region development blueprint for the Mindanao mega-region cluster designed to spur economic opportunities in the region. (RG Alama/Philippine Information Agency)

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