P200 million BLISTT circuit road projects inaugurated

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SABLAN, Benguet – Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap led the inauguration of some P200 million worth of projects that are components of the outer ring of the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) circumferential road project over the past two days as part of his efforts to visit the different municipalities in the province.

Last Wednesday, Yap, together with Sablan municipal officials led by Mayor Manuel Munar, Jr. and Vice Mayor Arthur Baldo and representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways – First Benguet Engineering District (DPWH-FBED) headed by District Engineer Ireneo S. Gallato, inaugurated the completed P100 million concreting project of the 1.7-kilometer Bayabasto Monglo junction that is part of the Baguio-Nangalisan-Tubao National Road that connects with the Baguio-Bauang Road otherwise known as the Naguilian Road.

Last Thursday, Congressman Yap, together with Tuba Municipal and barangay officials led by Mayor Clarita Sal-ongan, vice mayor Maria Carantes and Liga ng mga Barangay President Oliver Paus, inaugurated the 2-kilometer road opening and gravelling of a portion of the Taloy Norte-San Pascual Road that seeks to connect the Palispis-Aspiras Highway to the Baguio-Nangalisan-Tubao Road.

The lawmaker said that contractors that will be awarded upcoming infrastructure projects funded by the concerned government agencies must contribute in providing adequate employment to the people of the province by hiring their workers from the places where the projects are situated so that they will be able to contribute in the efforts of government to provide employment and added sources of income to the individuals that were heavily impacted by the wrath of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic.

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Gallato explained that the Bayabas-Monglo junction of the project involved concreting and construction of slope protection as well as curb and gutter to ensure its compliance to standards of national roads.

On the other hand, the district engineer disclosed that the road opening and gravelling as well as construction of other structures along the Taloy Norte-San Pascual Road had a length of 2 kilometers and was implemented over the past 270 days upon the close supervision of Project Engineer Marites Reoteres.

Gallato claimed that the outer ring of the BLISTT circumferential road was proposed by the former members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the BLISTT Governing board after the completion of the inner ring of the project that is located in Baguio City and La Trinidad.

For this year, the various projects along the outer ring had been provided by the public works department with some P1.2 billion to sustain the implementation of the programmed projects under a multi-year obligation while the proposed projects for next year will be provided with some P3.3 billion.

Congressman Yap assured municipal and barangay officials in the two towns that he recently visited that whatever balance of the funds that will not be provided for the completion of all the packages of the projects will be incorporated in the annual budget of the national government by 2022 so that there will be infrastructure development in the remote villages of Benguet.

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Banner photo: MISSING LINK – Benguet caretaker Congressman Erick Go Yap (6th from left) Mayor Clarita Sal-ongan (4th from left) DPWH-First Benguet District Engineer Ireneo S. Gallato (5th from left) cut the ribbon for the opening of a portion of the Taloy Norte-San Pascual road that is part of the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) outer ring circumferential road project . In photo are Vice Mayor Maria Carantes (3rd from left), Assistant District Engineer Benny Mendoza (7th from left) and the barangay officials of San Pascual and Taloy Norte. Joseph B. Manzano, 07/26/20

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