THE Provincial Government spent P222.6 million for road and bridge projects through the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) funds from 2014 to May this year.

In the same period, the Capitol also downloaded P39.4 million to the local government units for the construction of school buildings.

The Capitol has an AIP budget of P407 million in 2014.

This year, the Provincial Government approved P462.6 million in AIP funds, which is 13.7 percent higher compared to last year’s allocation.

Based on the data provided by the Provincial Information Office, P93 million was taken from the 2014 AIP’s budget, while P113 million in 2015 was for road construction and rehabilitation.

These included the construction of the P30-million farm-to-market roads in the towns of Tuburan and Tudela, P19.78-million concreting of Sangi-Bugho road in San Fernando, and P3.34-million circumferential road concreting in Malapascua, Daanabantayan.

The rest of the amount was used for the construction of a vegetable highway and the rehabilitation of provincial and municipal roads.

The Capitol also spent P16.59 million for the construction and repair of bridges in the towns of Liloan, Moalboal, and Bantayan and Pilar in Camotes Island.

Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera said that 68 classrooms were constructed using the funds downloaded to LGUs for school building project.

“Some of the infrastructure projects have gone through bidding or were downloaded to the LGUs. Some of these are already implemented,” Natera said.

Aside from these, P19.43 million of the AIP funds of 2014 and 2015 were also spent for the building of women’s crisis center and livelihood training center in Sudlon, Cebu City and the upgrading of the electrical system of Cebu South Bus Terminal.

The Capitol allocated P7.92 million for the construction of level III water systems for the typhoon Yolanda relocation sites in the towns of Bantayan, San Remigio and Daanbantayan.

Another P3.47 million was intended for the municipality of Argao, which will also benefit from the same water system project, and purchase of rainwater tanks for the Capitol building.

Natera said farm-to-market roads in the different towns of northern Cebu affected by Yolanda will be rehabilitated through the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural

Development Project.

A total of 20.9 kilometers of farm-to-market roads in San Remigio, Daanbantayan and Bogo City will be repaired, amounting to P207.3 million.