Sec. Villar assures P4B infra projects for Bohol in 2018

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) secretary Mark Villar yesterday said that at least P4 billion will be poured in Bohol next year for various infrastructure projects.

Villar, after delivering his message to the Boholanos during the 121st birth anniversary of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia yesterday at the Bohol Cultural Center,told reporters that Bohol will get P4 billion in funding for landmark projects.

The funding is included in the P25 billion worth of projects earmarked for Central Visayasin 2018.

Most of the projects will be for thebuilding of road networks to feed the traffic toward the New Bohol Airport.

It is expected the new airport located in Panglao town will be completed and operational by the second quarter of next year.

He said aside from the road network, DPWH is eyeing more infrastructure projects here such as the iconic bridges and other projects to support not just the tourism industry, but also other economic drivers such as agriculture and services.

Most of the funding will go to master plan project in every province in the region.

During his keynote speech, Villar also mentioned the completion by March of the P600-million New Capitol Building, one of the most modern Capitol structures in the country once completed next year.

Villar said it is key for Bohol development to maximize the potential by having more infrastructure to support various industries.

“Malaki ang (budget) increase sa Bohol para pumasokangmga investor,” (There is a huge budget increase for Bohol so that investors will be attracted here) he said.

Villar said plans for Bohol is too many to mention in one sitting.

At the same time, Villar allayed fears that the revenue of the government might not be able to support the ambitious “golden age” of infrastructure.

He said that he is confident the government can afford to build more infrastructure as he hopes the tax rationalization bill pending in Congress will be finally passed.

“Kayang kaya natingsupportahanang build-build-build,” said Villar referring to the plan of the government ushering the so-called “Golden Age of Infrastructure.”

Once passed, it can fuel the ambitious projects of the government and spur more economic growth.

SUPPORT TO RENAME C5 AS CPG AVENUE

Villar said he will see to it that the C5 road will be renamed as Carlos P. Garcia Avenue.

Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto said while he was acongressman, the C5 was already named as CPG Avenue and the national government agency t that supposed to implement it is the DPWH.

“Asahannyo Governor gagawinnatinyan,” (rest assured Governor we will do it) said Villar in reference to the renaming of C5 as CPG Avenue.

“Yan ang commitment ko Governor aasikasuhinkoyan,” (That is my commitment Governor, I will work on it) he added.

LOVE FOR BOHOL

He dearly loved Bohol that he told the people in attendance at yesterday’s Pres. Carlos P. Garcia’s 121st birth anniversary commemoration that Boholanos can consider having a Boholano DPWH secretary.

The young secretary said he has felt the love of Boholanos in supporting the various political sojourn of his family.

The young secretary expressed his affinity for Bohol and the province and her people occupies a special place in his heart. (Dave S. Albarado)

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