[PIO-Basilan - Basilan, Philippines] With a renewed drive to improve the existing road network ringing Basilan island, the Provincial Government, under the aegis of Gov. Jum J. Akbar, has fast-tracked several road infrastructure projects for the remainder of 2011.
The Provincial Government’s road-building program is anchored on the Governor’s pledge that the LGU shall assist in the completion of the all-weather Basilan Circumferential Road, and the maintenance and rehabilitation of vital provincial road arteries. Funds will likewise be made available to open up new areas for economic development via the construction of new farm-to-market roads.
To date, several road construction/rehabilitation projects are currently online and awaiting completion before the 4th quarter of 2011.
Among these road projects, a priority is placed on several road projects, among which are the Department of Agriculture (DA)-assisted Lantawan Provincial Road, or the concrete paving of the road portion from Brgy. Sumagdang, Isabela City to Brgy. Tairan, Lantawan, with LGU funding derived from the Province’s 20% Development Fund.
Another priority project is the completion of the Philippine National Bank (PNB) loan-assisted construction of the New Provincial Capitol Building located in Brgy. Sumagdang, Isabela City.
Aimed at providing the Provincial Government with new and bigger spaces within which to conduct business, the New Provincial Capitol will replace the current structure by 2012, with the old Capitol being programmed to be turned-over to a Provincial Museum, some Provincial Offices of National Line Agencies, Municipal LGUs’ satellite offices, etc.