LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 2 (PIA) — President Aquino today said that the new Lingayen-Binmaley diversion road here embodies the Aquino administration’s “Daang Matuwid” (straight path) principle as public funds were properly spent for the project.
Aquino said the 1.6 km road-stretch amounting to P20 million in barangay Quibaol was a result of the proper use of peoples’ taxes.
He said gone were the days when taxes were used to install road safety devices while the road itself remains in disrepair.
“May road safety devices, e wala namang road. Kahit anong sign ang nandyan kung pangit ang road ay hindi magiging safe (There may be road safety devices but if the roads are not good, it will remain unsafe),” he said.
“Walang maiiwan sa tuwid na daan, (No one will be left alone in the right path),” the President said during the road’s inauguration today.
Garbed in his signature yellow shirt, the President announced to Pangasinenses that part of the peoples’ taxes, particularly the Motor Vehicles Users Charge, were being spent to construct, repair and rehabilitate road networks all over the country.
The President received a wide applause when he spoke in Pangasinenses’ native tounge: “Anggapoy arom sikayo so nangawa ed saya (No one made this possible but you).”
The bypass road will cut travel time by 10 minutes for commuters passing through the province’s east to west sections and vice versa.
The President said products could be easily transported and travel time will be faster.
He said other infrastructure projects in Pangasinan are underway namely: the Poblacion- Kinayaoan road in Bani town, the Pangasinan-Zambales road, the Pangasinan-Tarlac road and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.
Aquino praised the Department of Public Works and Highways led by Secretary Rogelio Singson for completing projects ahead of time and with a low budget.
Phase I of the project started in May last year and was completed in less than two months. The second phase started in January and was completed last March resulting in fund savings of nearly P1 million.
Accompanying the President during the inauguration were Singson, Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas, Sen. Franklin Drilon and Liberal Party gubernatorial bet Hernani Braganza.
After the inauguration, the President motored to the the Lingayen I Central School where he met with local leaders and the community from congressional districts 1, 2 and 4. (MCA/VHS – PIA1 Pangasinan)