President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the Inauguration of Candelaria Bypass Road at the Barangay Bukal Sur, Candelaria, Quezon on Monday (September 17, 2012). The recently completed 7.50 kilometers road project will be a spacious gateway to the Province of Quezon. It is expected to make way for the municipality’s growing commercial, residential and recreational sectors. The road is also seen to bring in more tourists into the province with the faster and more convenient travel time. (MNS photo)

LUCENA CITY, Sept 17 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III led on Monday the inauguration of a by-pass road in Candelaria, Quezon which is designed to ease the traffic congestion and boost tourism in Quezon province.

After the ceremonial drive-through on the newly completed project, the President was briefed by Rep. Irvin Alcala on the salient features of the road project. The by-pass road is one of the two projects of Rep Alcala.

The recently completed 7.5 kilometer road is a spacious gateway to Quezon province, which also has four bridges.

In his speech in Lucena City after inaugurating the road project, the President said 40 percent of the traffic in Maharlika highway will be diverted to the by-pass road, easing traffic congestion in that portion of Candelaria.

“Kaya nung tinitingnan ko yung kalsada, siguradong makakatulong na mabawasan yung trapik dito sa papuntang Quezon at talaga naman pong masasabi nating medyo may pagbabago na po maski umpisa pa lang po yan,” the President said.

The chief executive said his administration has been continuously paying attention to Quezon province in building new infrastructures. For instance, he said that in 2011, Quezon’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had P1.19 billion budget. In 2012, it became P1.43 billion and in 2013 the administration raised the budget to P2.4 billion, he added.

If the government could save more money and Quezon province officials spend their budget wisely, the President promised to support additional projects in the province by raising more allocation.

“Pag buo ang tiwala n’yo, may hiningi, makatwiran yung hinihingi, naitutulak natin na mas paspasan yan at puwede na tayong pumunta sa ibang problema,” the President said.

Local Candelaria leaders expect that the new road will also boost eco-tourism because of the faster and convenient travel time particularly in the second district of Quezon. The wider and more comfortable roads will also boost Candelaria’s growing commercial, residential and recreational areas. (MNS)