DPWH-Davao gets P7.2B for infra projects in 2013

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Davao Region will get from the National Government a P7.2-billion budget for the implementation of infrastructure projects in Davao Region in 2013.

DPWH regional director, Engr. Mariano Alquiza, speaking in Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City, said the 2013 funding includes budget allocation for national roads, bridges and flood control projects all throughout the region.

Alquiza said they will start bidding out some of the projects by December this year so that road construction works will commence early January.


The DPWH-Davao will also allocate part of the budget for the upgrading of roads along Quezon Boulevard and R. Catillo St. in Agdao, Davao City.

For Quezon Boulevard, the DPWH will set aside some P55.913 million for the curb, gutter and drainage system. The road upgrading along this area will cover about 1.42 kilometers, beginning at the end point of the current road construction Mabini Public Market going to Magsaysay Public Market.

DWPH regional information officer Jose Dennis Flores said this year's budget allocation for road upgrading along Quezon Boulevard is P36.779 million, covering four lanes and extends about 600-meters long.

The department allocated some P29.44 million for the road construction works along R. Castillo Street, which extends about one kilometer.

"We're planning to bid all the projects by December. The lowest bidder will be awarded with the notice to proceed. If it will be awarded by then, maybe we can see heavy equipment in the second of January," he said.

Alquiza also announced that the DPWH-Davao Region and the DPWH Davao City District Engineering Office (DPWH-DCDEO) are two of the pilot offices of the department that undergo International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation for ISO 9001 or the quality management system, alongside with DWPH in National Capital Region (NCR).

He said ISO 9001 accreditation is based mainly on implementation of projects, operations of the office and quality control.

Alquiza said DWPH-Davao and DPWH-DCDEO are selected by the DWPH central office in Manila because of its high accomplishment rate in terms of project implementation with 83.99 percent out of the 154 projects.

Flores added ISO accreditation is important, as it indicates that the office performs at par with the international standards.

"The management system is competitive when awarded with ISO," he said.

Flores added that DPWH is now gathering the documentary evidences in preparation for the accreditation stage. He added that they hired a consultant from Development Academy of the Philippines to help them proceed with the ISO procurement.

He said they are targeting to be ISO accredited before 2013 ends.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 09, 2012.


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