Rep. Mercado vows
completion of airport and alternate seaport facilities
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY – Now on
his third and final term as the representative of
Southern Leyte’s lone legislative district, Cong. Roger Mercado has
vowed to finish this city’s airport at barangay Panan-awan and the
alternative docking port at barangay Guadalupe.
And to put flesh to
this long-cherished aspiration, the lawmaker said this will be one
among his many priorities as chairman of the House Committee on
Transportation in the present Congress.
Speaking at his
bi-monthly radio program live at DYDM over the weekend, Cong. Mercado
said it’s about time travelers in these parts enjoy the comfort and
speed of air travel against the usual three hours of land trip to
Tacloban to avail of a plane ride.
He said he had spoken
with Transportation Secretary Ping de Jesus for the fast completion of
the airport project so it can service passengers wanting to reach
Manila and other urban centers in a matter of an hour, if not minutes.
On the other side, on
the sea lanes, a new roll-on, roll-off facility at barangay Can-iwan
must be pursued, inasmuch as this has been part of a grand plan to
connect the Philippine islands called the Super Regions project, said
Once these two
projects shall have been finished and functional, it will complement
all the concreted highways in the province, the tallest bridge in
Agas-Agas, and would surely spur economic development, he added.
By that time, Cong.
Mercado joked that he can sleep with eyes closed, his back flat on the
bed, satisfied with the thought that he has contributed these things
as a step in the right direction, to attain progress for the province
and its people. (PIA-Southern Leyte)