Aquino administration lines up P142B infra projects starting this month

January 3, 2012 11:14 am 

By Joann Santiago

MANILA, Jan. 2 — The Aquino administration expects a huge improvement in infrastructure project implementation this year as it is now preparing to issue P141.8 billion worth of allotments from this year’s P182.2 billion infrastructure budget.

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said some of the projects that have been lined-up “have already been bidded-out short of award.”

He disclosed that of the 2,187 line-item infrastructure projects nationwide that are funded in this year’s national budget, 2,025 projects or 93 percent are already bidded out and will be given notice to proceed for the first quarter of 2012.

“The big difference for this year is that project implementation can now take place in January 2012 and not in August as was the case for the 2011 budget. It is now possible due to the disaggregation of lump sums and the early pre-procurement activities that rolled up in the last quarter of the year,” he pointed out.

Abad stressed that “early implementation of key infrastructure programs at the start of the year can hit the ground running for the priority projects of the Aquino administration in 2012.”

“It also reinforces the President’s commitment to his Social Contract with the Filipino People, and underscores our mission to ensure economic development and transparent government spending,” he said.

This year’s total infrastructure budget is 25.6 percent increase against last year’s allocation and accounts for 1.6 percent of gross domestic product (GPD), higher than year-ago’s 1.4 percent share.

Abad said bulk of the initial allocation, amounting to P91.57 billion, will be given to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the commencement of the construction and rehabilitation of national bridges, major flood control projects and payments of right of way, among others.

The agriculture sector will get a total of P27.80 billion as the Department of Agriculture (DA) will receive P24.49 billion and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) P3.31 billion for the construction of farm to market roads, post harvest facilities, provision of potable water supply and irrigation facilities.

Also, the Department of Education (DepEd) will be implementing a total of P13.97 billion worth of infrastructure programs at the start of the year and these projects include the construction, repair and rehabilitation of classrooms, including the public school system’s water and sanitation facilities.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will also be given P7.20 billion for the improvement of airport facilities and construction and rehabilitation of ports and lighthouses starting this month.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will also start the implementation of P770 million worth of infrastructure projects aimed at ensuring potable water supply around the country.

Abad added that the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission will also commence the P107.96-million rehabilitation and development of the main Pasig River and its tributary waterways while the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will also implement its P356.90 million infrastructure projects namely the building of roads, bridges and water supply throughout the region. (PNA)

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