Workers rush road project needed in restoring normalcy in Marawi

GOVERNANCE/POLITICS • Wed Aug 16, 2017 08:41 AM  •  74   0
By Despite dangers, the construction of the Tagoloan-Talakag Highway in Lanao del Sur is proceeding wit
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Despite dangers, the construction of the Tagoloan-Talakag Highway in Lanao del Sur is proceeding without delay. JOHN UNSON
Despite dangers, the construction of the Tagoloan-Talakag Highway in Lanao del Sur is proceeding without delay. JOHN UNSON
LANAO DEL SUR --- Many road projects in the province got stalled due to the conflict in Marawi City but there is one being rushed to hasten the recovery of battle-devastated communities.

The 40-kilometer Tagoloan-Talakag Highway, a high-ticket infrastructure project of the executive department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, will connect Lanao del Sur province to Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City, both major economic hubs in Region 10.

The route will interconnect Marawi City to the municipalities of Tagoloan and Kapai, both in the first district of Lanao del Sur, and to Talakag town in Bukidnon. The strife-torn Marawi City is the capital of Lanao del Sur, one of the five provinces in the autonomous region.

Engineer Don Loong, regional secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways-ARMM, said on Saturday that workers continued with the concreting of the Tagoloan-Talakag stretch of the highway despite security issues.

“This will connect the local Maranao communities to trading centers in Region 10. This can boost efforts to rebuild Marawi City economy-wise,” Loong said.

The highway will cut by half the three-hour travel time from Marawi City to Cagayan de Oro City via Iligan City, also in Region 10.

The overland artery being constructed will connect Marawi City and Lanao del Sur directly to Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City.

The P516.2 million Marawi-Tagoloan-Talakag Highway is joint project of the Office of the Regional Governor, the regional public works department, and the District Engineering Office in the first district of Lanao del Sur.

The provincial government of Lanao del Sur is also supporting the implementation of the road project.

“Once completed, this road project will help hasten the recovery of Marawi’s conflict-stricken residents and the Maranaos in nearby municipalities,” Loong told reporters on Tuesday.

No less than P200 million worth of different road projects in Marawi City had been suspended as a consequence of the raging conflict there that the Maute terror group instigated.

The construction of three multi-million ports along Lake Lanao, the Marawi, Masiu and Lumbaca-Madaya ports, were also put on hold due to security constraints.
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