THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) implemented five road projects in Mandaue City and other areas in Cebu Province last year.
The P484.909-million undertaking was broken down as P137.508 million for F.E. Zuellig Ave. in Mandaue City; P90.571 million for a flood-control structure at Cansaga Creek in Mandaue City; P83.790 million for the Santander-Barili-Toledo Road; P131.098 for the Cebu North Hagnaya Wharf Road; and P88.879 million for the Bogo-Medellin-Daanbantayan Road.
Engr. Joselito “Boy” Sayson of the DPWH 7 said that they also allocated P366.964 million for three road projects in Bohol: P225.085 million for the Anoyon-Omjon Road in Valencia; P138.421 million for the Jetafe Road; and P90.122 million for roads leading to beaches and resorts in Candijay.
DPWH 7 officials believed that upgrading roads leading to tourist sites will improve the tourism industry.
Sayson said that P103.884 million was allocated for the Larena Road leading to the roll-on-roll-off port in Siquijor and P110.801 million for the Siquijor Circumferential Road.
DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas said that Zuellig Ave. is a local road that parallels Ouano Ave., which is a national road.
However, since Zuellig Ave. is used by several 10-wheeler trucks carrying cargo containers, DPWH decided to improve the road, which leads to the ports.
Zuellig Ave. starts at the Cebu International Port, passing several ports at the Mandaue City North Reclamation Project, and ends near the Mandaue City Sports Center.
“Zuellig Ave. complements Ouano Ave., hence it has helped ease the traffic at Ouano Ave. so we have to upgrade the road,” Canlas said.
He added that the implementation of the project is like funding the expansion and concreting of roads that lead to beaches and resorts, as proposed by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Meanwhile, Canlas said they are still patching potholes on Ouano Ave., which they will then concrete. The project will cost P223.707 million.