Coastal road inches closer to com­ple­tion

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias

The open­ing of the coastal road in Novem­ber may be on track fol­low­ing the res­o­lu­tion of right-of-way is­sues per­tain­ing to a prop­erty owned by Con­rad Lim.

Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways-North­ern Min­danao spokesper­son Vi­nah Maghi­nay said Lim, owner of a prop­erty that had long stalled the project, has agreed to give up a a por­tion of his prop­erty for the road project.

Maghi­nay said its of­fice wel­comes this de­vel­op­ment as this would pave the way to achieve the tar­get month for the project's com­ple­tion, which is on Novem­ber.

It can be re­called that DPWH Sec­re­tary Mark Vil­lar, an­nounced via Face­book post, that the 12.77-kilo­me­ter coastal road high­way which will serve as a by­pass road from Barangay Gusa to Barangay Ig­pit, Opol in Misamis Ori­en­tal will be com­pleted by Novem­ber this year.

In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view, Maghi­nay how­ever pointed out that there are other 6 road right-of-way is­sues that still needs res­o­lu­tion, aside from Lim's, but added they are pos­i­tive that this will all be set­tled be­fore Novem­ber.

Lawyer James Ju­dith, who sent the pe­ti­tion to Mala­cañang to urge Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Duterte to in­ter­vene, said he was thank­ful that Lim re­spected the agree­ment for the com­mon good.

Ju­dith ear­lier said Vil­lar and Lim had back chan­nel talks to re­solve the right of way is­sue.

“Last week sa Thurs­day siya nag-open gyud. Gaina, ni­l­abay ta didto ug nalimpy­ohan na gyud siya, so nali­pay ta ani na de­vel­op­ment. In fact, kanang sa for­mal in­au­gu­ra­tion sa project, I re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent to at­tend the event, silbi pat on the back sa atoa nga na brought up nato ni nga mat­ter sa taas,” he said.

The coastal road project is al­ready 93 per­cent com­plete. Of the 12.77-kilo­me­ter mea­sure­ment of the project, 11.87 kilo­me­ters is al­ready done.

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