Constructions of a shoreline bypass road, the widening of the proposed flyover and the operation of a convention center are some of the priority projects needed to sustain the growth of this city, the so-called gateway to Northern Mindanao.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of the Second District here is monitoring?the more than P4.5 billion worth of on-going infrastructure projects. He is showing confidence that with the support of the Aquino administration, economic growth in the region would be hastened as trade and commerce from the east and west?would find ease in transporting goods to the major ports in Northern Mindanao.

“Given the assurance from Malacañang, our endeavors to fast-track infrastructure development in the city would have a bigger impact, not only on the economy, but more so on the quality of lives of our people,” Rodriguez said.

The 386-meter widening of a section of the national highway at the junction going to Butuan City and Bukidnon is a groundwork in anticipation for the construction of the proposed flyover, which would be implemented by the national government. Also, the ongoing construction of the portion of the 15-kilometer shoreline bypass road and a bridge passing near the Macabalan seaport and across Cagayan de Oro River, west of the city, are the major road projects that would decongest traffic condition, as well as boost economic and industrial development? of the region and Mindanao as a whole.

The P760-million Cagayan de Oro City International Trade and Convention Center is expected to be completed during President Aquino’s term after its construction was stalled due to the non-availability of funds during the Arroyo administration.

article by Butch Enerio of Business Mirror

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