Projects worth P20.2B proposed for Region 7

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Monday, March 10, 2014


THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 has proposed a budget of P20.2 billion to be included in the 2015 national budget to cover 602 projects all over Central Visayas.

The proposal was submitted by Engineer Nonie Paylado, chief of the DPWH 7 planning and design, to the Infrastructure Development Committee of the Regional Development Council (IDC-RDC).

Although the IDC-RDC has passed a resolution endorsing the proposed budget, the endorsement will only be submitted to the RDC Full Council if DPWH 7 submits the endorsements from different local development councils all over the region, as mandated by law.

The RDC Full Council will meet on March 20.

Cebu’s share

During the IDC-RDC meeting last March 6, Paylado said only Bohol local government units (LGUs) have submitted endorsements for lineup projects.

He said they are waiting for endorsements from Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

The DPWH 7 must submit all endorsements by March 17.

Part of the P20.2 billion budget will be allocated to Cebu’s fourth district: P251.835 million for national arterial roads, P284.789 million for national secondary roads, P55 million for national bridges, P60 million for flood control and drainage, P34 million for public buildings, among others.

Cebu’s first district will also get its share and the biggest allocation is P500 million for the completion of the road from Linao (Minglanilla) to Cantabacao (Toledo City), P290 million for flood control structures parallel to national roads, and P100 million for drainage protection of critical sections along national roads.

For the third district, District Engineer James Dellosa submitted a P1.319-billion budget that includes P827.929 million for national arterial and secondary roads and bridges, P130 million for the acquisition of road right-of-way, P105 million for preventive maintenance of roads and P167.5 million for flood control and drainage system.

For the second district, the budget submitted by District Engineer Fernando Cruz includes preventive road maintenance and rehabilitation of damaged paved national roads. The others are for bridges and box culverts, flood control and seawall.

5th, 6th districts

For the fifth district, the budget was prepared by Engr. Cesar Tabasa Jr. and submitted by OIC-District Engineer Yusoph Rasuman with the concurrence of Rep. Ace Durano.

This includes P674 million for national arterial and secondary roads and bridges, P474 million for rehabilitation and reconstruction of national highways in Danao City and the municipalities of Compostela, Carmen, Catmon, Borbon and Sogod.

DPWH 7 and Durano also allocated P50 million for the reconstruction of the Consolacion-Tayud-Liloan Road which has become a bottleneck for motorists coming from Mandaue City passing Cansaga Bridge.

Some P20 million is allocated for guardrails and P10 million for Chevron signs and directional signs for the national road in Sogod.

There are also allocations of P20 million each for Danao City, Compostela and Liloan for the construction of flood control and drainage facilities.

For the sixth district, the budget proposal was prepared by Engr. Nelson Cabezas and submitted by OIC-District Engineer Suzette Nwanaka with the concurrence of Rep. Luigi Quisumbing.

This includes P1.3 billion for national arterial and secondary roads and bridges, P618 million for widening of roads to decongest traffic, and P140 million to strengthen existing bridges.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 11, 2014.

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