DPWH lists 3 infra projects for Cebu

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Saturday, November 5, 2011


THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 announced about P600 million in infrastructure projects for Cebu next year.

Rebecca Garsuta, DPWH 7 Project Management Office director, said the amount is only for the major infrastructure projects that cost over a hundred million.

The major infrastructure projects are the P300-million improvement of the Mactan circumferential road; P220-million North Cebu Hagnaya Wharf Road, and the P123-million widening of N. Bacalso Ave.

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The N. Bacalso Ave. widening is also among the priority projects that Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama included in his proposed P11.8-billion annual budget for 2012.

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Garsuta made this announcement at the Philippine Economic Briefing held yesterday morning at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

DPWH and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have signed a memorandum of agreement that unskilled workers will be given a chance to work in the projects of DPWH.

Garsuta said 20 percent will be hired by DPWH.

For 2011, the national partnership has generated about half a million jobs.

Between 2013 and 2016, DPWH 7 intends to implement at least five more major infrastructure projects.

The agency is looking at a funding agency from the Republic of China for the construction of a road from Cebu City to San Remigio in the north. This was already approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7.

Neda also approved the proposed Cebu Southwest Road. DPWH 7 is looking at a funding agency from Korea to finance the project.

DPWH 7 is contemplating on tapping a private-public partnership (PPP) to complete the Cebu North Coastal Road all the way to Danao City and decongest traffic in roads linking Cebu City and Mandaue City.

Garsuta said the project is under case study for PPP viability.

Other road projects are the Cebu City to Bogo City road and the Dalaguete–Badian road.

During the economic forum, former Cebu City mayor Florentino Solon reminded the inter-agency panelists not to forget about residents in rural areas.

He said rural areas should attain a good gross domestic product to boost the country's development.

The panelists were composed of representatives from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Board of Investments, Neda, PPP, DPWH and the Departments of Finance, Budget and Management, Energy, and Trade and Industry.

The economic forum discussed how the Philippines can achieve an “investment grade” from credit ratings agencies through good governance.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 05, 2011.

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