DPWH completes 2 major road projects in Panay

January 26, 2010 11:21 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 26 – Construction is ongoing on the two major road projects in Panay Island funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Philippine government.

DPWH Regional Director Rolando said the two projects are part of the P12.34-billion Japan assisted road projects under the DPWH-Philippine Japan Highway Loan Project that oversees the construction of Pandan-Libertad Road in Antique and the Metro Iloilo Radial Road Project in Iloilo.

Asis said the projects are expected to be completed this year before the end of the Arroyo administration as a legacy commitment of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the people of Western Visayas.

Construction is also ongoing on other Japan-assisted road projects such as the Ligao-Pio Duran Road Project in Albay; Cervantes-Mankayan-Abatan Road Project in Ilocos Sur and Benguet; Plaridel By-Pass Road in Bulacan; Marikina-Infanta Road Project in Quezon, El Nido-Bataraza Road Project in Palawan and Butuan City-Las Nieves-Esperanza- Bayugan Road Project in Agusan Del Norte and Sur.

Meanwhile, Asis said that as of December 2009, the overall accomplishment of the region is 70.32 percent, surpassing the 68.49-percent target with 816 projects completed, 173 projects still ongoing and 39 projects still to be implemented.

In 2009, DPWH-Region VI had a total budget of P5,215,099,000 for 1,232 infra projects. However, only 82.70 percent of the total budget was released for the implementation of 998 projects.

To date, 151 projects are already completed and 19 are ongoing, with an accomplishment of 89.24 percent.

Aside from the Regular Infrastructure Budget, DPWH Region VI also implemented school building projects under the DepEd School Building Program, amounting to P96,338,600.

A total of 143 school building projects were completed, 28 are ongoing and 40 are to be started, accumulating an accomplishment of 99.66 percent.

In addition, a total of 1,144 carry-over projects (FY 2007-2008) were also implemented, amounting to P1,529,764,900.00, from which 1,137 are completed, four are still ongoing and three are yet to be started. This leads to an accomplishment of 99.66 percent against the 100 percent completion target. (PNA) LAP/AJP/LCPendon/vlo

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