DPWH seeks P220M for repair of infra projects in Davao

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Friday, January 24, 2014


THE regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Davao Region requested at least P220 million from the central office for the repair of infrastructure projects that were damaged by Tropical Depression Agaton, an official said.

DPWH regional information officer Jose Dennis Y. Flores said the bulk of the proposed fund will be going to the reconstruction of a bridge in Caraga town in Davao Oriental.

"The reconstruction of the Caraga Bridge will be around P110 million. We will be incorporating a new design based on the experience with the recent events. The agency will be making it taller with stronger tiers," he said.

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The other two damaged bridges, Lumao Bridge which was totally washed-out and Governor Palma Gil Bridge wherein a portion was washed out, are not included in the requested budget because they have already been set to be reconstructed this year as part of the rehabilitation from Typhoon Pablo and was already programmed in the 2013 budget.

Flores said that aside from the reconstruction of Caraga Bridge, the money will also go to the repair of damaged roads and bridges.

Aside from the requested fund, the regional office has already spent P22 million for immediate solutions for Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte.

"The fund was used for the immediate restoration and clearing of roads from landslides, rockslides, road slips, road cuts, scouring and embankment of bridges, the construction of temporary bridges, and the pumpboat service in Lumao Bridge and Governor Palma Gil Bridge," Flores said.

They spent around P13 million in Davao Oriental, P8.7 million in Compostela Valley, and P300,000 in the Davao del Norte.

Despite the damage, Flores said the agency sees an opportunity to improve and redesign some planned projects to make it more resistant to weather changes.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 25, 2014.

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