The Tagum City Flyover in Davao del Norte to motorists on Monday. as a showcase in Mindanao of the Build, Build, Build program of the admnistration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The 1.625-kilometer infrastructure, which cost PHP2.7 billion, in downtown of the capital city of Davao del Norte, hopes to decongest traffic inthe city at the crossroad of several Davao Region provinces and cities.
Construction by the Department of Public Works and Highways of the longest flyover in Mindanao started in 2017.
Mayor Allan Rellon expressed his gratitude to the national government for the project.
“It will help ease traffic congestion on major thoroughfares in the ever-growing Tagum City. Also, it will improve the economy of this city,” he said in a statement.
In line with City Ordinance No. 946 (Tagum City Traffic Code) and Republic Act 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Coe), motorized tricycles, pedicab, any three-wheeled vehicle, bicycle, and trailer trucks weighing more than 40 tons are not allowed to use the flyover.
Jogging, walking, and pulling over in any parts of the flyover are also prohibited.
A penalty of PHP500 will be imposed on violators.
The flyover caters to the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, and Davao Oriental.
It eases the congestion in two national roads: Daang Maharlika or Agusan-Davao Road and Surigao del Sur-Davao Road. (PNA)
Former House Speaker PantaleonAlvarez, also a former secretary general of the PDP-Laban, in 2019 was described by the Davao City Mayor as an “asshole” after the then House Speaker said that the regional political party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) organized by Sara Duterte did not have the blessing of her father, the President.
Months later, Alvarez was replaced as House Speaker by former President Congressman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a coup reportedly orchestrated with help of the presidential daughter.
Alvarez , former close ally of President Duterte who represents Davao del Norte’s First District in Congress, said he is supporting Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto II, whom he called as formidable candidates for next year’s presidential and vice-presidential derby.
Alvarez has resigned from the ruling PDP-Laban and has rejoined Reporma, his former party, after blasting Duterte for alleged corruption in his administration and for the President’s alleged limp-wrist approach in the country’s squabble with China over the West Philippine Sea.
Alvarez resigned from PDP-Laban leaving a controversial statement seen as a verbal assault against Mayor Duterte in relation to the presidential race in 2022. He said the next president should be somebody with “balls.”
Alvarez disappeared from view of his constituents early this year following reports he had contracted Covid-19 and suffered a heart attack. He surfaced last week to announce his plans for the 2022 elections.
Alvarez on Sunday announced his party Partido Reporma’s endorsement of the Lacson-Sotto tandem following his lunch meeting with the two lawmakers.
Alvarez revealed that Reporma is in the process of forming an alliance with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in a coalition coalition called “United Philippines Alliance.”
“This is in support of the candidacies of Senator Ping Lacson for President and Senator Tito Sotto for Vice President,” Alvarez said.
Aside from the duo, Alvarez said he has also met with UNA Founder and former Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay,.