Capitol wants details on P3.8-B Korean project

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


CLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga on Tuesday asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to present complete details of the P3.8-billion projects in the coastal towns of Masantol, Macabebe and Minalin.

The governor said the Provincial Government is asking the DPWH about the project so they could revise their infrastructure plans in the said towns, particularly on the construction of schools to avoid duplication of projects.

The appeal was raised by Governor Lilia Pineda to DPWH-Central Luzon Director Antonio Molano, Jr. during the Third Full Council Meeting of the Regional Development Council III held at Widus Hotel inside this Freeport zone.

It was learned that this funded project of the Korea Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) would strengthen the disaster risk management capabilities of the said coastal towns through the construction of disaster proof infrastructure such as schools, slope protections,and roads among others to protect communities in low-lying areas in the province.

To implement the five–year flood control project, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the joint multi-year obligation authority (MYOA) of the DPWH and the Korea EDCF.

Reports have it that the MYOA will provide for the project requirements from 2013 to 2017. Of the P3.8 billion project cost, the DPWH will contribute P886.1 million while the EDCF will shell out P2.9 billion.

“We’re very grateful to the Korean government and its aid arm for joining us in our bid to build durable and disaster-proof infrastructure to protect communities in low-lying areas, specifically those in Pampanga,” the DBM said.

The MYOA allows DPWH to engage in multiple-year contracts and to partner with EDCF for the project requirements. Aside from the flood control component of the Pampanga project, rehabilitation and repair of school buildings will also be included to benefit the schools in the area.

The DBM said the project is definitely in line with the administration’s goal of ramping up the disaster risk preparedness to avert calamity-related crises and ensure the sustainability of our drive for inclusive growth. (Joel P. Mapiles/Pampanga PIO)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 26, 2014.

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