Third District Rep. Joseph Lara (center) expounds the wisdom behind the Tanza Roundabout design competition in the recent launching in Cagayan.(Photo by Julius Macadamia)

Villamor Visaya Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer news correspondent and Philippine News Agency stringer

TUGUEGARAO CITY-The uniqueness of a true Cagayano would be unveiled in the design of the P90-million Kaunlaran Tanza Roundabout project in this city, an official said.

Third District Rep. Joseph Lara, the design competition organizer, said the “iconic design that will feature the culture and history of the province” has P100,000 prize for the grand winner.

In launching the contest at the Pulsar Hotel on Wednesday evening (January 19), Lara told this correspondent that the design must have a 360-degree artistic view; it would depict the holistic character of Cagayan province and portray the historical and cultural values of Cagayanos, and it must have a 12-meter-maximum height and 28-meter diameter. Consolation prizes worth P10,000 each would also be given to qualified entries but non-winners, he added. 

The Tanza “Rotonda” contest was opened only to bonafide Cagayanos, whether as an individual, a group, or a company. Participants are required to submit a rationale for the design with graphic presentations. 

“It is a part of the challenge of the designers to make research and show on how they will effectively present the true and unique identity of the Cagayanos,” he said.

Participants have until February 19, the deadline of submission of entries, while the final judging would be on March 7 to 9, and the awarding date on March 11.   

Dr. Urdujah Alvarado, Cagayan State University president and one of the board of judges in the competition, said that the culture of Cagayanos must be properly depicted in the design by the participants.

Dr. Zarah Lara, wife of Representative Lara and co-proponent, said the design competition, would be a showcase as a representation of Cagayan’s heritage and to be “distinctly known as a province in the North and not mistakenly as Cagayan de Oro from Mindanao.”

The P90-million Tanza Roundabout project was conceptualized to ease the increasing volume of traffic in Tuguegarao City. 

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) broke the grounds for the improvement of the Balzain-Tanza Rotonda on January 7 last year and has been nearing finish this year.   The project involves the construction of 2.704 lane km for road widening along Carig Sur-Norte, Tuguegarao City section, and 1.200 lane km for improvement of road intersection along Balzain-Tanza section which will moderate the traffic congestion during rush hours.  The 1104-meter line canal drainage is also being constructed.   

The project is expected to benefit not only the economy of Tuguegarao City but also its adjacent Municipalities as it gives easier access to major parts of the city. Lara added.#