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Villar pushes for completion of Panay East-West Road project

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ILOILO – Senatorial aspirant and former Department of Public Works and Highways ( DPWH) secretary Mark Villar vowed to push for the continuati­on and completion of the 41.80-kilometer Panay EastWest Lateral Road Project.

“We will continue to support and ensure the consistent effort of DPWH in this project and will guarantee its timely completion as planned. The accomplish­ment of key projects only proves that the Build, Build, Build program is significan­t in improving the accessibil­ity of road networks in Western Visayas while at the same time providing jobs amid the pandemic,” Villar said.

The Panay East-West Lateral road project has a budget of P2.6 billion. It will be a 20-meter-wide road which consists of bridges and slope protection.

When completed, it will cut the two- and- a- half- hour travel time from Central Iloilo to Antique and vice versa to just two hours and would benefit approximat­ely 300 motorists every day.

“This project is seen to boost agri-eco tourism, given that it will connect the municipali­ties it traverses. The transport of goods will be easier. With improved transporta­tion access to other municipali­ties and villages, there are more opportunit­ies to market agricultur­al products in the provinces of Antique and Iloilo,” Villar added.

The project is part of DPWH’s multi- year program which includes road openings along the Bugasong-Valderrama Road Section in Antique and LambunaoIn­ca Road Section in Iloilo. Aside from cutting down travel time, the Panay East- West Lateral Road is designed to boost tourism and improve agricultur­al produ c t i vi t y i n c ertain communitie­s in the region.

“My advocacy is to ensure the completion of projects like this. Patuloy lang ang pagsasagaw­a natin ng mga proyektong makakatulo­ng na makakapagp­alago ng ekonomiya at turismo ng bansa,”

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Aside from cutting down travel time, the Panay East-West Lateral Road is designed to boost tourism and improve agricultur­al productivi­ty in certain communitie­s
 ?? Says former Public Works secretary
Mark Villar. ?? “My advocacy is to ensure the completion of projects like this. Patuloy
lang ang pagsasagaw­a natin ng mga proyektong
makakatulo­ng na makakapagp­alago ng ekonomiya at turismo ng bansa,”
Says former Public Works secretary Mark Villar. “My advocacy is to ensure the completion of projects like this. Patuloy lang ang pagsasagaw­a natin ng mga proyektong makakatulo­ng na makakapagp­alago ng ekonomiya at turismo ng bansa,”

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