Aquino woos Caviteños, raves over ‘tourism road’

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A bomb-sniffing dog checks out the Kaybiang Tunnel of the new Ternate-Nasugbu Road in Maragondon, Cavite, for the arrival of President Aquino who inspected the project on Thursday. The 300-meter tunnel, part of the new six-kilometer road connecting Ternate, Cavite, to the resorts of Nasugbu, Batangas, is now the country’s longest underground highway tunnel. LYN RILLON

He went to Cavite to sing the virtues of the administration’s local candidates and his handpicked senatorial candidates.

But President Benigno Aquino III also happened to show up bearing gifts for the Cavite voters.

Mr. Aquino announced that come July 1, an P860-million “tourism” road from Ternate, Cavite, to Nasugbu, Batangas, will be opened to motorists, cutting the travel time to the resorts of Nasugbu by at least an hour.

“The six-kilometer road is almost complete. This will further boost tourism in Cavite and Batangas,” Mr. Aquino told a political rally in Dasmariñas, Cavite, on Thursday.

Mr. Aquino had just come from inspecting the road project with Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and other administration officials and said he was impressed.

 

Ahead of schedule

He raved that the six-kilometer road offers motorists a “scenic view” of the countryside as they emerge from a tunnel at the boundary of Ternate and Nasugbu.

Once opened on July 1—ahead of schedule, he noted—the road would bring in more tourists and jobs for Batangas and Cavite residents, Mr. Aquino said.

The road project was conceptualized in 1994 during the Fidel Ramos administration, but its construction was delayed because of “right of way” issues.

“It’s almost 10 years and it’s not yet finished. But the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) has promised that come July 1, it will be open to motorists. The tourist areas will be nearer, and you will save travel time by at least an hour,” Mr. Aquino said in a speech aired over state-run dzRB radio.

 

Many plans for Cavite

Smoothly segueing into campaign mode, the President said the government had many plans for Cavite. But they would all depend on the kind of leaders the Caviteños would elect on May 13, he said.

He endorsed Cavite Rep. Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi and Jay Lacson, the ruling Liberal party candidates for governor and vice governor, among other local candidates, as well as the Team PNoy senatorial candidates.

“If our leaders are like Manong Ayong and others we have here, we don’t need to convince them about the reforms that we want to share with the Caviteños,” he said.

The President said that by 2015, the LRT Line 1 extension that will run from Baclaran in Pasay City to Bacoor, Cavite, will be operational for an estimated 250,000 passengers a day.

He said the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) had approved in January some P35 million for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway.

Connecting tourist resorts

At an earlier briefing for the President, Singson said the new tourist road would connect “tourism resorts” in Nasugbu, and would reduce the 4-hour-long travel time from Manila to Nasugbu via the Tagaytay Road to three hours.

The artery consists of a new four-kilometer paved road, a 1.4-km concrete road, four new bridges, and the 300-meter Kaybiang Tunnel.

“This has a very scenic view as you pass through this tunnel going down to Nasugbu,” Singson said.

To complement the new tourist trail, he said the DPWH was continuing to widen the roads leading to Cavite, from Tanza and Naic and Ternate.

“This becomes a lot more attractive for people to use and will decongest the now crowded Tagaytay Road,” Singson said.

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  • Nik Matik

    3 hours to Nasugbu?? Eh ngayon nga 1 1/2 hours ko lang binabyahe yun. Anong klaseng road project yan, na hahaba ang byahe? Multi milion gastos for daang matuwid pero mas mahaba!

    • http://twitter.com/elmerc892 elmer atilano

      cguro ka brad? tagaygay to nasugbo ka lang…. ha ha ha…pero pag galing maynila daan bacoor, imus, dasma, tagaytay to nasugbo….ha ha ha 1 1/2 hour ha ha ha very lunatic mind…ha ha ha

    • Leonardof

      Oh boy, are you traveling by helicopter or driving a Porsche? If not, you are just lying to your teeth.

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      San ka ba galing??? kasi kung sa tagaytay kalang….pwede yan oras na sinabi mo..
      Kagagaling ko lang dyan..ang layo kaya ng biyahe….3-4hrs depende sa traffic sa Tagaytay… papunta ng nasugbu…

  • GOPHILIPPINESGO

    Well done! Keep it up PNoy!

    Disgusting how a 6 kilometer road was not completed during 6 years of ramos, 3 years of erap, and 9 years of arroyo for a total of 18 years.

    3 years of the incorruptible PNoy and it is done!

    • bryanbrian

      Wow! the new road will cut the travel time by 1 hour. The idea first came up during ramos’ time, never done during 9 years of the corrupt arroyo regime.

      Great job PNoy!!

    • Maldi2

      What did Pinoy do? Only for pa-pogi points. This was started during the Ramos time and incidental lang na natapos angproject na ito sa kanyang termino. Wala siyang nagawa dito!

      Mahilig lang siyang umani ng papuri na pinaghirapan ng mga nakaraang administrasyon!

      • http://twitter.com/elmerc892 elmer atilano

        started…more than 10 years to finish come on man..of course PNOY should enjoy it because in his administration it completely finished

      • Ronald Waab

        Ang sabi conceptualized during Ramos time, pero construction ngayon lng. Intindihin mo binabasa mo

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        Well technically nagsimula non panahon ni Gloria

      • Maldi2

        Isa pa rin tong engot. You got memory lapse or simply bobo sa history. Hindi komo’t conceptualized ni Ramos ay di pa naumpisahan. This was started in 2004, but just delayed dahil sa ROW (right of way) sa tinutumbok na pag-aari na ng mga pribadong individual!

      • legallyblondie

        Dude, don’t expect that the NOYTARDS will understand ROW. They only believe what they see and hear from abNOY who btw loves credit grabbing. BTW NOYTARDS, a right of way or easement issue could take a very long time to settle especially when it involves property stretching 6 KMs long. Nakakainis lang etong mga Noytards na eto dahil akala mo kung sinong may alam sa constitution, sa civil code or sa mga matters sa pamamalakad sa gobyerno at sa mga courts. Bago kayo pumuri at mag point ng fingers, pwede ba alamin nyo at intidihin muna ang ating mga batas. Puro kayo satsat na nakakainsulto sa aming nag aral ng abogasya or nag aaral ng abogasya.

      • GaggerAlert

        Minsan indi mo din maintindihan tong mga ‘tards na to kung may selective memory or selective reading.

        In short, either makakalimutin, o sadyang engots lang. :)

      • rodben

        talagang binago ng EDSA ang history ng Pinas pati yong bukang bibig ng mga Pinoy na wika ni GAT DR. JOSE RIZAL na ” ANG SINO MANG DI LIMINGON SA PINANGGALINGAN AY DI MAKAKARATING SA PARURUUNAN” ibig sabihin di marunong magpasalamat ang kasalukuyang namumuno ng bansa doon sa mga dating namumuno na may napagandang nagawa sa bansa….USO NGAYON.. GAWA NILA AKIN ANG BIYAYA….lalo pang pinabango ang pangalan nila Remulla at Jolo sa sinabi ng Pangulo…mabango na nga sila Remulla at Jolo sa Cavite..

      • rodben

        SULI KYO BOTO NYO TSEKWA..UGALI TSEKWA IBA GAWA AKIN BIYAYA..INTINDI..SUNOD BOTO NYO ULIT CLIS AKINO POL PLESIDENT PALA SAME2..

    • violet55

      Two words for Pnoy: Credit grabber!!

      • catmanjohn

        Unlike Arroyo and Estrada, who would have milked the taxpayers for as much as their greedy minds could possibly fathom.

    • rodben

      Itong tunnel na ito ay Master plan ni Ramos,inumpisahan gawin time ni GMA ngayon lang matatapos, kasama yong LRT puntang Bacoor di nga lang naupisahan ni GMA, yong underpass ng Quezon ave. ay GMA project din sana itong NOY2 Administration ay makapag-isip din ng infrastructure na makapagpabilis ng takbo ng sasakyan tulad ng mga plyover sa Cavite at Las pinas kailangan na talaga sa lugar na yan dahil sa mabilis na pag-unlad pero kalsada same2 parin…MABUHAY KYO..

    • PinoyPower1

      Time ni ramos pa pala sinimulan pero hindi natapus nina erap at arroyo, inuna pa kasi ang pangungurakot.

    • Orly Lacerna

      yan ang comment !! maigsi lang pero nandoon lahat!!

  • kismaytami

    LOL! ayong maliksi na naman… Good luck sa trapik. Tinalo na ng Imus ang Bacoor sa pagiging Trapik Capital of the Philippines.

  • hu_yu

    syempre me bayad na naman yan.
    kailan kaya maninilbi ang gubyerno natin na walang kapalit na bayad.
    lahat na lang yata ng serbisyo nila pabigat sa sambayanan

    example: Mindanao Brownout
    sabi ng malacanang inevitable raw na magbabayad ang mga taga mindanao kung gusto nila ng walang brownout. ang tanong po, ito po ba ang klase ng serbisyo para sa tuwid na daan? panong magiging tuwid na daan eh yung malawakang brownout sa mindanao eh sagabal na yun sa kaunlaran nito? tapos me solusyon nga , pabigat naman sa bulsa ng mga tao….kung sa chess pa, stalemate ang sambayanan……..

    kaya sana sa election, sana mag isip ng mabuti sa pag boto.
    ramos, erap, arroyo, aquino…..pare pareho lang kayo, mga manloloko!

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      Ang problema sa Mindanao..hindi sila konektado sa Luzon and Vizayas grid…. panahon palang ni Gloria dapat inayos na yan. hind makakapag patayo ng isang planta sa loob ng 2 taon lang…

    • $30075310

      brod, walang toll fee to. libre at walang bayad.

      • hu_yu

        wow amazing yan tol

  • kapatad

    sabi ni PNoy, hindi maganda ang pinamana sa kanya ni GMA, ngayon nakikinabang siya sa proyekto ng kanyang pinalitan at gagamitin pa niya iyon sa pagendorse ng kanyang mga kandidato. Kaya di makapagtaka na ganyang din ang gagawin sa kanya ng mga sususnod sa kanya. Hay naku.

  • releiver

    Parehas yan na bubuksan na airport this coming month in between cagayan de oro and Iligan City….Project ito ni GMA pero mag pogi dyan si ABNOY…in 3 years wala pang infra project na nasimulan si ABNOY except ung underpass sa QC. ha ha…sana walang brownout sa Mindanao nagyon kaso pag upo ng ABNOY binawi ang mga contrata na pinag approved ni GMA na gagawa ng mga poer plants sa MINDANAO…kaya ngayon panay ang brownout sa Mindanao…ngayon sinisisi si GMA ni DRILON sa kampanya ng TEAM ABNOY sa Mindanao…gingawang scapegoat palagi si GMA…..ngayon naubusan na sila ng kay GMA …binabalikan na naman nila si MARCOS katulad ng kay IMEE ngayon sa offshore trust fund…wala talag ang pilipinas mga abnoy ang nakaupo.

  • Jett_Rink

    construction began during GMA’s time (2006). some segments of the tunnel, and the roads leading to the tunnel from the Ternate side and the Maragondon side were already finished by 2011.

  • Cerise David

    Taking credit again?

  • batoph

    This project was commenced in 1987 under the Administration of President Cory Aquino. Was supposed to have been completed in three (3) years. DPWH in successive Administrations have “driopped the ball”; “double-funded”sections thereof; realigned funding; resisted decaring eminent domain; bowing to demands of various landowners including one who has sucked at the “Peoples trough” in every Administration since (and including) Ferdinand Marcos.

    “On time” !!!! Stupid spin!

  • disillusioned_juandelacruz

    It says..

    “The road project was conceptualized in 1994 during the Fidel Ramos administration, but its construction was delayed because of “right of way” issues.”
    …..
    “It’s almost 10 years and it’s not yet
    finished
    . But the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) has
    promised that come July 1, it will be open to motorists. The tourist
    areas will be nearer, and you will save travel time by at least an
    hour,” Mr. Aquino said in a speech aired over state-run dzRB radio.

    So the credit should go to the previous administrations.. and since PNoy himself admitted the project is almost 10 yrs old, then this means it was GMA that made this possible since the current administration is only less than 3 years old. Credit grabbing na naman si PNoy. PLEASE! Give credit to whom credit is due…

    • catmanjohn

      Gloria knew there was a sucker born every minute, and you have proven you are one.

  • JasonBieber

    Is this another election campaign ploy by PNoy to get support and gain votes?

    One of the major lacking areas, amongst several, in the PNoy admin. is in infra and slow projects in road development and/or improvement. He says this now since it’s election but we wonder if and when this project will actually be completed or even start.

    Expect many announcements from PNoy and his Admin during election season.

  • Ryan Gabriel

    panahon ni Arroyo pinagawa n yan at malaki ginawa n rin sa Nasugbu sa under the Arroyo admins..lalo pinagawa nya Wawa Pier sa Nasugbu at iba pa

  • $4612959

    If you have nothing to show, grab the projects of your predecessor and take the credit for them.

  • wawa2172

    Politician will make promises, so the tourism road which is only 6 km will only be realized if the people of Cavite will vote for PNoy candidates huh. It was a concept of Ramos but could be realize but their is a catch, voe for Maliksi. What a bribed is and for 6 Km road di masyadong mahal ito dahil 860 million ang budget pwedi pang pumalo sa 1 billion kung may adjustment pa. Kung si GMA ang nang pagawa nito, tiyak plunder ito but kung kay PNoy daan matuwid ito? saan patungo baka sa bank account. What a promise, di dapat ibigay na pamalit sa boto ang bribe ni Noy sa taong bayan. That road is needed to eased the traffice but not as a price kung iboboto ang team PNoy.

  • Stuubs

    Masipag pala si Pnoy sa mga election campaign at biglaan na lang na marami na syang plano sa mga probensya, nakalimutan na lang tuloy ang issue sa oil smuggling kung ano ang plano niya laban dito..

  • Patriotic Citizen

    BOBO KA TALAGA ABNOY! NDAPAT E MAS MALALAKING PROBLEMA NG BAYAN ANG INAATUPAG MO TULAD NG SABAH, CHINA, KOREA, MINDANAO POWER CRISSIS ETC.? PAKITANG GILAS KA PA, BUGOK KA TALAGA!!!

  • Patriotic Citizen

    OK NA RIN PERO BOBO KA PA RIN TALAGA ABNOY! DAPAT E MAS MALALAKING PROBLEMA NG BAYAN ANG INAATUPAG MO TULAD NG SABAH, CHINA, KOREA, MINDANAO POWER CRISSIS ETC.? PAKITANG GILAS KA PA E HINDI KA NAMAN NAG UMPISA NYAN! BUGOK KA TALAGA!!!

  • boybakal

    I thought original project……just a continuation.

  • OverseasFilipinoContractWorker

    This TJ Burgonio is very irresponsible writer. how come he is telling
    here that the location of the tunnel is in maragondon,cavite…knowing
    the name of the tunnel is TERNATE-NASUGBU. very ambigious. This tunnel
    is specifically and geographically spanning within the Borders of
    Ternate, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas.

  • OverseasFilipinoContractWorker

    This TJ Burgonio is very irresponsible writer. how come he is telling
    here that the location of the tunnel is in maragondon,cavite…knowing
    the name of the tunnel is TERNATE-NASUGBU. very ambigious. This tunnel
    is specifically and geographically spanning within the Borders of
    Ternate, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas.

  • disqusted0fu

    We have to see everything materialize first before we believe it. It is hard to believe everything that Pnoy says because he does more talking than working. Why do you think he devotes more time in campaigning than in actually dealing with major problems of the PH? Because in campaigning all that’s required is to talk; brag about empty achievements, badmouth your opponents and make false promises, which are the most significant traits seen from Pnoy after his first half as the President.

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