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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
P1-B Pangasinan-N. Vizcaya road construction suspended due to NPA sightings
From the Manila Bulletin (Aug 7): P1-B Pangasinan-N. Vizcaya road construction suspended due to NPA sightings
VILLA VERDE TRAIL — Shown here is the Barangay Malico, San Nicolas, Pangasinan section of the P1-billion Pangasinan-Nueva Vizcaya road project known as the ‘Villa Verde Trail,’ which has been put on hold due the threat posed by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. (Courtesy of Engr. Larry Flores/DPWH 3rd Engineering District Office-Pangasinan)
San Nicolas, Pangasinan — For the safety of at least 100 workers and personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the construction of the P1-billion Pangasinan-Nueva Vizcaya road project also known as the Valle Verde Trail has been suspended due to New People’s Army (NPA) sightings in this town.
“We were committed to Public Works Secretary (Mark) Villar that by December this year the Villa Verde trail will be finished and will be opened,” said Engr. Larry Flores of the DPWH 33d Engineering District-Pangasinan.
However, Engr. Narchito Arpilleda, administrative officer, told The Manila Bulletin that the P1-billion project had to be temporarily suspended based on security concerns over the presence of NPA rebels as raised by both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Both the PNP and the AFP called for the suspension of the ongoing construction for the safety of the workers following last July 28’s encounter which resulted in the death of one and the wounding of another in Barangay Malico, here.
The DPWH personnel are still waiting for the go signal from the PNP to operate and continue construction activities, said Flores.
Arpilleda said that once completed, the Villa Verde Trail would be used as an alternative route from Manila to Isabela and Cagayan provinces when the Dalton Pass Road in Sta. Fe is closed due to landslides and vehicular accidents.
Flores vowed to work double-time on the project once they resume construction. “Hahabol kami sa aming pangako kay secretary (We’ll catch up with the work to deliver what we promised the secretary),” he said.