May 9, 2014
Louie O. Pacardo
KORONADAL — A road project in North Cotabato is expected to cut down travel time between the towns of Carmen and Banisilan by 45 minutes, or about two hours, from the usual three hours.
he P50-million project will connect the two towns through a 14-kilometer highway from Barangay Malapag, Carmen, to Barangay Tinimbakan, Banisilan, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou T. Mendoza told local media.
The new road, to be completed in one yearâ€™s time, is part of the Banisilan-Bukidnon road network that connects North Cotabato to Bukidnon and other provinces in Northern Mindanao.
Ms. Mendoza said that the new road is essential to the provinceâ€™s and Soccsksargenâ€™s trade and commerce.
She also said that travel between Carmen and Banisilan will soon become faster and more convenient.
North Cotabato produces high-value crops like banana, rubber, coffee, rice and corn, the surpluses of which are supplied to other regions in Mindanao.