By: Tara Yap
DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) assured that the road leading to the venue of the 1st Philippine International River Summit will be completed.
“It will be ready by then,” said Engr. Leo Bionat, project engineer of the P121-million widening project of the Jaro-Zarraga road.
Bionat said DPWH-6 is closely monitoring project contractor F. Gurrea Construction to expedite the road work leading to Eon Centennial Resort in Alta Tierra Village, where the summit will be held on May 30 until June 1.
The priority work has started at Montinola Bridge in Tabuc Suba and all the way to the entrance of Alta Tierra Village.
Bionat assured asphalting and concreting of the road will be done by the weekend.
Bionat said that work in other areas in Jaro district have already been completed including the junction of E. Lopez and Jalandoni Sts., Lopez Jaena and Simon Ledesma Sts., and the corner of Jaro Plaza fronting Jaro Evangelical Church.
Bionat explained that the yellow-tape barricade will soon be removed to remove bags of stock piles.
“We will remove and clean it and it will be ready before May 30,” Bionat reiterated.
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is expected to arrive at Eon Centennial Resort on June 1 to give the keynote address at the closing of the three-day international summit.
Other speakers will include business magnate Manny V. Pangilinan, Sec. Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) President Fred Eisenberger.
Participants will come from the United States, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, and the Philippines.