P2.6B Panay east-west road project 25% done, target opening still by 2022

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THE 41-kilometer Panay East-West Lateral Road will traverse the mountains of Antique and Iloilo. — NESTER JOHN CAGAY

THE PANAY East-West Lateral Road project, which links Antique to central and northern Iloilo and Capiz, is 25% done and the target opening is by 2022, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). “Through this project we can open the potential of eco-tourism areas here in Panay. Those who will directly benefit are the central towns of Antique, Iloilo up to Capiz,” DPWH-Western Visayas Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto said. Construction of the 41-kilometer road started in 2017, with P760 million initially allocated under the national budget and an additional P295 million set in 2018. Mr. Fruto said the project would cost up to P2.6 billion. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo