Celso pushes for Mindanao railway system, completion of bypass road PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 June 2016 15:04

District 1 Congressman Elect Celso L. Lobregat has announced that he will push for the creation of the Mindanao railway system and the completion of bypass road for the city of Zamboanga in the coming administration of President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte.

“Siguro uno proyecto debe rempuja amo el Mindanao railway para na transportation and communication aki na Mindanao, cabar el bypass road which I hope that will be finished by 2018,” Lobregat said in an interview.

The Mindanao railway system will make travel in Mindanao comfortable to include easy movement of goods from one part of Mindanao to another.

Of the 36 kilometers total length of the bypass road from Barangay Culianan to Sinubong, only 11 kilometers left for the office to finish the project passing Barangays Tumaga, Pasonanca, Cabatangan, San Roque, Malagutay, Sinunuc and Maasin.

The east portion of the bypass road covers Barangays Culianan, Pasobolong, Boalan, Lumbangan, Lunzuran, Tumaga and the boundary which is Pasonanca then going to the west coast  — Cabatangan, San Roque, Malagutay, Sinunuc, Maasin, going to Sinubong.

Also part of the bypass road is the construction of seven bridges in Tumaga, Lunzuran, San Ramon, Tulungatung, Mercedes, Sinunuc, and Maasin.

The Zamboanga City bypass road will help decongest traffic, facilitate the transport of produce coming from the neighboring provinces and make travel to Zambo Ecozone easier.

Lobregat said he is expecting more focus of Mindanao during the Duterte administration, adding that the president-elect cannot just forget all the other parts of the country.

Aside from these, the Zamboanga solon will also work for the flyover at Governor Camins,  Ma Clara Lobregat Highway at Veterans and augmentation of flood control in the urban core which includes a pumping system at Pilar Street which is a flood-prone area. Feasibility studies must also be conducted on these two projects.

On the airport transfer, the congressman favors the move. However he said that it is not easy to transfer the Zamboanga City International Airport.

“It’s not as simple as transferring the airport alone. You have the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) you cannot just say transfer the commercial part of the airport then EAAB will remain.” Lobregat said.

He said that this entails not only a transfer of the airport for commercial flights “but you are talking of the entire transfer of a military facility. — R.G. A A. Go