MANILA – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Wednesday highlighted several transportation projects as he committed the government’s continued investment in Pangasinan province that has “major potential for exponential growth”.
In a Facebook post, Tugade showcased two airports currently under construction in the province—the Lingayen Airport and Alaminos Airport.
“Amid the pandemic, the asphalt overlay of [Lingayen Airport’s] track, which commenced in 2018, was completed in August 2020. On the other hand, construction of barbed wire perimeter fence of the Alaminos Airport is already complete,” Tugade said.
He said two “social tourism port projects” have already been completed in Pangasinan in the maritime sector.
“This week, we will be visiting and inspecting the Pangasinan North River landing, a project which we have completed in May 2018. We also have the completed Capandanan River landing project, which combined with the North River project, are seen to enhance maritime connectivity in the region,” Tugade said.
The province, he said, is a “major contributor” to Ilocos region’s numbers on the public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP), with the region currently the third highest in industry consolidation rate at about 64 percent.
“The region currently has 62 approved transport cooperatives with around 3,821 members, Tugade said.
With many PUVMP participants in Pangasinan, he said the province was also chosen for the pilot launch of the DOTr’s “Tsuper Iskolar” project in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
“The program provides participating PUVMP drivers, operators, and beneficiaries with free skills training in cooperation with TESDA,” Tugade said.
Of the 1,186 Tsuper Iskolar slots in Region 1, he said the program has produced 934 graduates, with 927 passing performance standards in the workplace, and 888 passing the certification or have reached competency standards as of May 14, 2021.
At present, he said there are 247 enrolled beneficiaries in the program.
Despite these investments, he said the DOTr will continue to support Pangasinan’s progress through mobility and connectivity projects.
“Indeed, Pangasinan is a province with major potential for exponential growth. Thus, now, more than ever, we are determined to fulfill our commitment and mission to support Pangasinan’s bid for progress,” Tugade said. (PNA)