ABUCAY, Bataan – The Secretary of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of this town has observed the rapid urbanization of the 70 kilometer Roman Expressway as a key to expanding economic growth of the historic peninsula.
Leo Ruben Manrique, SB secretary and publisher of Luzon Tribune, one of the most respected regional newspapers in Central Luzon, said the imperative function of Roman Expressway of providing a reliable road network interconnecting three of the country’s largest economic zones in Central Luzon has speed-up the delivery of goods and services to the intended markets in the country and abroad.
He cited the national government’s infrastructure programs for the benefit of the people in the countryside, the process of shifting the industries outside of MetroManila, are constructively beneficial to Bataan particularly with the proposed P4 billion improvement of the expressway project to six-lane network that would transform inclusive industrial growth to the province with the existing seven economic and tourism enterprise zone.
Manrique, a former municipal councilor of Abucay, added that Roman Expressway is fast becoming a mini-EDSA, a business center of Metro Manila, due to its burgeoning socio-economic development brought by rapid urbanization and industrial progress.
The high-level long-range strategic plan of the premier road network constructed in the early 70’s had resulted to tremendous economic impact to the province, coupled with the multi-phased development objectives of Bataan Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia of exploring the rich potential of the historic province into a modern industrial and commercial status and environment-friendly investment hub in Central Luzon.
Governor Garcia is urging local government entities and private sectors to undertake essential measures of improving further excellent business promotion procedures to facilitate trading and commerce initiatives to encourage more locators in the province.