Local News: Albee Working on Master Plan for Road Network in 3rd District
Re-electionist 3rd District Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez yesterday said he is coming up with a masterplan for road network that will interconnect the "mountain communities" in his district.
Benitez disclosed that he is regularly meeting with local officials and planning officers of Victorias City, E. B. Magalona, Silay City, Talisay City, Murcia, and Victorias City for the said road network plan.
In conjunction with the national government and the local government, the committee is assessing where exactly the roads will be built so the 3rd District will be accessed evenly, he said.
In their planning, Benitez said, they expect to identify which roads will be used as main arterial roads so it can be declared a national road, so that its maintenance and rehabilitation will be shouldered by the national government.
Benitez said that his congressional office allocated about P580 million for the concreting of road from Silay City proper to Brgy. Patag, which has been declared a national road.
This project is in line with one of the main thrusts of the national government - to build and develop arterial (major) farm-to-market roads and roads leading to tourism destinations, he said.
Silay and the other areas in the 3rd District are part of the "tourism loop," which is why the national government is funding the concreting of these roads, he added.
Benitez has authored House Bill 4299 converting the Silay-Patag Road into a national road. He added that Brgy. Patag was already declared a "tourism site" through a Republic Act.
The road from Silay proper to Patag was designed to cut through Calatrava, and will eventually interconnect with the mountain communities of Silay, Talisay and E. B. Magalona, he said.
In identifying roads that shall be declared national roads, Benitez said they are taking into consideration the so-called ‘tourism loop’ in the 3rd District and its nearby localities, and the volume of local produce often transported to the market.
A four-lane road is now being constructed on the way to Don Salvador Benedicto, tagged as the Summer Capital of Negros Occidental, he said.
Later on, works on four-lane road in the second road network from Bacolod to northern towns and cities of Negros Occidental will start, Benitez said.
Benitez stressed that his road network plan will be implemented if he gets re-elected in the May 2013 elections.*