ILOILO CITY: President Benigno Aquino 3rd inaugurated and inspected on Friday P4-billion infrastructure projects here that will help the local economy and transform Iloilo into the next business and investment hub in the country.
Upon arrival at the New Iloilo Airport, the President proceeded to inaugurate four bridges along the P2.1-billion Iloilo Circumferential Road which is already complete.
The President was accompanied by Senate President Franklin Drilon, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. during the inauguration of the Iloilo Bridge II, Mandurriao Bridge I and II, and Jaro Bridge.
The 14- kilometer circumferential road, which was renamed President Corazon Aquino Highway in honor of Pnoy’s late mother, starts from the coastal road in Jaro to the Acropolis winding up to the boundary of Pakiad, Oton and the Sooc, Arevalo resettlement project.
The President also inspected the ongoing construction of the P700-million Iloilo Convention Center that will host the Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next year. The state-of-the-art convention can accommodate 3,700 people.
He also inaugurated the P550-million Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue that leads to the Iloilo Airport. He conducted a drive-through at the two-kilometer completed stretch of the expanded diversion road and joined by a thousand bikers composed of children and senior citizens.
He inspected the new 10-lane street up to Sambag, Jaro, now officially known as the Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue.
The road after Sambag stretches into a six-lane road up to the Iloilo Airport entrance in Ca–batuan, Iloilo where a service and access road going to the airport is being constructed with a perimeter fence.
The President made an ocular inspection of the ongoing construction of the P200-million Iloilo fishing port complex expansion, and the new P350-million bridge connecting Arroyo Street in the city proper to Lapuz district near the new roro wharf and the P100-million Promenade II from the Iloilo provincial capitol to Muelle Loney.
The President was also scheduled to turn over 1,000 housing units to informal settlers at the P170-million River Plains Subdivision Phase I in Barangay Camalig/Lanit, Jaro.