WE ARE happy that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will build flyovers starting with one at the intersection of Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue and the 14-km President Corazon Aquino Avenue in Barangay Ungka II, Pavia, Iloilo. This flyover is one of the four projects that the department is undertaking to ease traffic in Iloilo City.
The three other flyovers are (1) at the junctions of Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue and Felix Gorriceta. Jr. Avenue in Barangay Aganan, Pavia; (2) another in Barangay Hibao-ao, Pavia, going to the Mandurriao district of Iloilo City; and then (3) at the intersection of the national highway and President Corazon Aquino Avenue in Barangay Buhang, Jaro district.
Ilonggo senator Franklin Drilon lobbied for the financing of these flyovers to solve quickly traffic congestion in Iloilo and not to affect our present reputation as one of the few liveable cities in the country.
This will also enhance our bid to make IIoilo a regular MICE destination. He was referring to our campaign to position our city as a premier destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibits which is being fully supported by our good senator.
We also noted that business has started to grow along our 14-km Circumferential Road, starting at the Leganes-Pavia border and going west and turning southward until the highway in Villa de Arevalo towards Oton town.
There are several new establishments now that are starting to build up along the Circumferential Road, and we wish that DPWH will be alert to watch out for occupants that might encroach on the road right of way.
Aside from what DPWH is doing of building overpasses to ease traffic flow at intersections, as part of controlling traffic congestion, we have written before that our school population in the city proper must have a cap in their enrolment.
Right now city authorities should encourage them to build extension or branches at the IIoilo Circumferential Road where they can be reached by city transportation. We are glad that St. Paul University has already one. We wish that other schools will follow in anticipation of any increase of enrolment when classes open in July next year.
Welcome to Iloilo City, a most liveable city and centrally located in the Philippines!
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