P4-B infra funds set for Iloilo in 2014-A A +A
Monday, December 16, 2013
A WINDFALL of major infrastructure projects in Iloilo City and Iloilo province amounting to some P4 billion allocated in the 2014 national budget will take off early next year as the area faces challenges due to devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
In Iloilo City over the weekend, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said the share of the city and province of Iloilo from the national budget will expectedly push social and economic development programs in his beloved hometown.
“The Ilonggo people deserved such windfall of infrastructures which were denied them in the past administrations. It is now with President Benigno Aquino III that such development projects are realized,” Drilon said.
Foremost in the Iloilo projects is the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP) located in the municipality of Calinog with assistance from the Korean government. For 2014, the dam project will get a share of P1.3 billion and will become the first large-scale reservoir dam outside of Luzon.
Drilon said it is all systems go for the dam project which will provide uninterrupted irrigation water supply to 32,000 hectares of farm land to benefit more than 783,000 farmers in 21 rice producing municipalities in the province. The project will also harness some 8 megawatts of electric power and bulk water supply of more than 35,000 cubic liters per day to augment the water supply of the city.
The Iloilo International Convention Center in Iloilo City will get a share of P200 million to augment its initial P500 million funding earlier in 2013. The convention center, whose design was executed by world famous Ilonggo architect William Coscoluella, will become the showcase in hosting international performances and programs.
Foremost is the hosting of the Philippine government in Iloilo City of two important international conferences of the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) by October 2015.
Drilon said that P1.645 billion has been allotted to fund various roads, bridges and flood control projects to be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Of the said fund, P373.55 million will be used for the repair of the Iloilo airport direct road, Jaro spur road, and Manduriao-Jaro road; and the widening of the airport spur road and Arevalo by-pass road.
In the province of Iloilo, P180.43 million will go to several road projects in the first district of Iloilo including the renovation of Iloilo-Antique road, Guimbal-Tubungan road, Miagao-Cadre road; and repair of Maloto, Mahon and Andona bridges.
Another P421.8 million will go to the second district for the construction of a new route along Iloilo-Capiz road, repair of Pototan-Tina-Lambunao road, Iloilo east coast Capiz road, and Barotac Nuevo road. The fund will also be used to rehabilitate a slope protection along Lambunao-INCA road and to repair the Jalaud Bridge along Barotac Nuevo.
The third engineering district will get P394.7 million while the fourth engineering districts will get P28 million for the widening of Iloilo east coast-Estancia wharf road, Passi-San Rafael-Lemery-Sara road, and the Concepcion-San Dionisio road. The funds will also construct drainage systems along New Lucena-Sta. Barbara road and along Manduriao-Cabatuan road and repair the Nabitasan Bridge along Iloilo City-Leganes-Dumangas road.
On health projects, the funds are allocated for the Department of Health (DOH) such as P484.71 million for major hospitals in the province, which include Western Visayas Medical Center amounting to P384.6 million, Western Visayas Sanitarium with P67.47 million and Don Jose Monfort Medical Center with P32.64 million.
The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) was also allocated P274.5 million fund for the expansion of the Iloilo International Airport, and another P10 million each for the development of Estancia and Miagao feeder ports.
Iloilo’s most cherished heritage site, the Sta Barbara church and convent was allocated with P10 million for reconstruction.
Drilon said that all these developments with yearly allocation are expected to be completed before the term of President Aquino expires in 2016.