Narciso Ramos highway to undergo rehab PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 September 2015 14:25

by Ed General

The renowned Narciso Ramos Highway, named after former president Fidel V. Ramos’s father, will soon be rehabilitated with the concreting of theBuldon-Parang Road worth P69,840,000.

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed Friday by ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, ARMM DPWH Secrretary  Don Mustapha A. Loong and Buldon Mayor Abolais Manalao for the construction of four kilometers of road.

DPWH-ARMM Sec Don Mustapha Loong said that the municipal government of Buldon has the capacity to build roads since they have already acquired new equipment as prerequisite in allowing the regional government to enter into a MOA with them.

The 64-kilometer Narciso Ramos road that connects Cotabato City to Lanao del Sur and Pagadian City was constructed in the 1990s and has been in poor and dilapidated state making the road unsafe and risky to motorists and commuters.

The construction was done in that manner just to ensure road accessibility for military intervention considering the gray areas in the section that connects Parang to Malabang or Lanao del Sur to Cotabato City.

The highway cut travel distance by more than three-fourth to these araeas.

Many in Luzon and in Visayas do not know that the completion of the highway is one of the proximate cause of the 2000 AFP-MILF hostilities. The government rerouted the highway so that it will pass through higher ground to which the MILF opposed since it will be cutting through the entrance of their central base, the Camp Abubakar.

An AFP General once said they do not want to be passing in the lower ground as possible sitting ducks for ambuscades. The war “settled” and he was “right.” The road passed through the higher ground.

The frequent flash floods affecting the area have contributed to the gradual dilapidation of the highway.