By Lilian C. Mellejor
DAVAO CITY, June 7 (PNA) – The village folks and farmers of the remote barangay of Lampianao in this city’s third district will have easier access to Davao International Airport and seaport as a new bridge will soon be completed to serve the northeast and southwest part of the city.
While the P70 million bridge, which is funded out of the budget allocation of third district Representative Isidro Ungab, will benefit the residents of Lampianao, it will also be an access for other barangays in Calinan and Marilog districts to the second district where most of the industries are located.
A combined population of Calinan and Marilog districts totals to over a hundred thousand. Other nearby barangays in the third and second districts will also benefit from the Lampianao-Callawa Bridge. Callawa is a barangay in the second district.
Ungab said this new bridge will boost travel of persons and goods within the 3rd District to the 2nd District of the city where both seaport and airport are located.
According to him, many people from his district and those as far as Bukidnon will benefit from the project which has been in the pipeline since the time of former Mayor Elias Lopez and Congressman Manuel Garcia.
The project was a priority during the time when Leoncio Evasco was assigned by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as head of the City Engineer’s Office. Evasco is now serving as Mayor of Maribjoc in Bohol.
Ungab stressed the project was realized today because the amount is beyond the city government’s budget and it has to be funded when he assumed as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
He said Lampianao-Callawa is now the 6th bridge crossing the Davao River after Bankerohan, Bolton, San Rafael, Maa and Lamanan.
He also disclosed that the Lamanan Bridge is part of his P270 million budget for the Lacson-Lamanan-Inayangan-Malabog Road which also links the 3rd and 2nd Districts.
Ungab has already brought in P2.4 billion worth of projects this year. Last year a total of P1.7 billion worth of projects were implemented for the benefit of the people of the 3rd District.
He said this amount is a tremendous increase from Congressman Ungab’s first term when he had only a total of P170 million projects. (PNA)