Furigay says Basilan Trans-central Road to bring peace, development to Basilan Print
Sunday, 10 September 2017 17:24

By ELY DUMABOC

The construction of the P1.25 Billion Basilan Trans-central Road (BTR) in the province is targeted at transforming the “war zone” in Basilan province into an economic zone and from a terrorist haven to a tourists haven.

Department of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) District Engineer Soler Undog said, his office has recently adopted stricter measures to ensure that the 59 kilometers distance road construction - which is now 35 percent completed, will finish on time.

The road which is six meters in width and eight inches in thickness, is one of the flagship projects of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman for the province.

“I conducted the inspection of the project together with my engineers just to ensure that the  project will be completed on time and free from harassment from lawless group operating in  areas where the road will traverse  to inter-connect Maluso  town to  Lamitan City and Sumisip town to Isabela City,” Engr Undug said.

Undog added that his office is also supervising the improvement of four major bridges connecting to the BTR project with a budget allocation of P190-Million.

According to Undog, the BTR when completed, will reduce the travel time of commuters to the cities of Isabela and Lamitan.

Lamitan City Vice Mayor Roderick Furigay, who was awarded to concrete a 10.5 kilometer road distance which is part of the BTR project said, the road is now 95 percent complete.

“Change has come. Darkness is now being replaced by light and soon, economic development will spur in the entire province, all because of the Basilan Trans-central Road” he said.

Adding that, “where the roads ended, trouble flourished like mushrooms. Now that the roads have come - and so the potentials and opportunities for the thousands of farmers and residents of Lamitan City is up for grab now.”

Furigay said  the  road that was awarded to concrete the Lamitan city government cuts across the 7,000 hectares Sta. Clara rubber plantation in the village of Sta.  Clara to  the village of  Lower Kapatagan in Lamitan City, and will benefit at least 3,000 people living in the two villges.

The road will weaken the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who capitalizes on poverty to stoke public hatred on government, he said.

“It is hoped that upon completion of the Basilan Trans-central Road, a more  improved peace and order condition can be observed in Lamitan City and in the entire province, faster movement of people, cheaper transport costs and  more agricultural areas developed,” Furigay said.

Adding that the road when completed, will increase the economic activities in Lamitan City as farmers and traders  will no longer pass difficulty in bringing their coco and rubber products to the city for trading. (Ely Dumaboc)