President Benigno S. Aquino, III led the inauguration of the AusAID-funded Provincial Road Management Facility rehabilitation project of the Opol-Basak-Tingalan Road Phase 1, in the municipality of Opol, Misamis Oriental, today, March 23.

He was accompanied by Governor Oscar Moreno, this province, and with Opol town Mayor Dexter Yasay, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Public Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, and Ambassador Rod Smith of Australia.

Gov. Moreno briefly said this project is a major circumferential road in the western part of the province of Misamis Oriental providing access to four (4) municipalities and paving way for new agro-industrial activities.

The 10-kilometer road project amounting P60 million is a collaborative effort of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental.

It started on May 2010 and completed last February which benefit around 3,000 residents of Barangays Patag, Bagocboc, Limuda, Tingalan and Nangcaon.

It is a primary road that boosts further the local agricultural industry, with large and varied agricultural activity such as cattle ranching, commercial poultry houses, mango plantation, contract papaya growing, among others.

The road would serve as an alternative route to the potentially congested national highway linking Cagayan de Oro City to Iligan City when the Laguindingan Airport opens in 2012 provides alternative access to the low-lying coastal national road when there is severe flooding, Moreno added.

Meanwhile, Barangay Chairman Hermito B. Laid, Jr. of Patag, expressed his thanks to the President for the facets of this road rehabilitation and how it affects the everyday course of living of the barangay folks.

“It improves access to services like transporting our products easily with no less than 15minutes travel time to reach the market as compared to almost an hour before the road was rehabilitated, said Laid.

The municipality of Opol is a 45-minute ride from the City of Cagayan de Oro, composed of 14 barangays, with a population of 47,187 in the 2007 census of population. (PIA 10)

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