Duterte inaugurates Sariaya by-pass road: 'Another Build, Build, Build milestone'

Published October 21, 2021, 6:26 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The Duterte administration continues to churn out accomplishments under its flasghip “Build, Build, Build” program in the final months of the President Duterte’s term.

(Screenshot from Facebook live)

This, as the President inaugurated on Thursday, Oct 21, the Sariaya by-pass road in Quezon Province.

The news road spans over seven kilometers and connects the Manila South Road-Daang Maharlika Road to the Quezon Eco-Tourism Road.

In his speech in Lucena City, Duterte described the completion of the Sariaya by-pass road as “another milestone in our Build, Build, Build program”.

“I commend the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its project partners for the completion of this project,” he said.

“This achievement affirms the administration’s strong commitment to improve the quality of life of Filipinos by pursuing strategic infrastructure projects across the country, thereby improving connectivity, increasing the people’s mobility, and creating jobs, and dispersing economic activity throughout the regions,” noted the President.

He said the bypass road will not only provide faster and safer travel for motorists but also [allow] efficient transport of goods to and from the markets [in] Southern Luzon. “This new by-pass road is also expected to lessen the traffic volume along Daang Maharlika from Sariaya to Lucena by 40 percent.”

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks in Lucena City during the inauguration of the Sariaya by-pass road on Oct. 21, 2021 (Screenshot from Facebook live)

Duterte said that it will “likewise spur the growth of industries and business opportunities in the area, thereby boosting the socio-economic development of Quezon Province and improve the lives of the people”.

The Chief Executive promised a new “golden age of infrastructure” when the administration launched “Build, Build, Build” in earnest in 2017. While the construction of the infrastructure projects slowed down during the onset of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it persisted.

“As we continue to overcome the current pandemic and carefully reopen our national and local economies, infrastructure development will play a vital role in our success. Indeed, we can fully achieve inclusive growth when the countryside development is pursued,” Duterte said.

“Improved mobility, including efficient access [to] goods and services, will lead to greater productivity and progress. Let us continue working together to achieve our sustainable development goals and build a brighter future that is brimming with opportunities for all,” he further said.