DPWH-11 to bid out P7.28B worth of projects for 2013

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 11 will bid out P7.28 billion worth of projects for 2013 by the end of December this year.

DPWH Regional Director Mariano R. Alquiza said Monday at the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City that his office is busy preparing for the 2013 projects while it is completing 154 projects regionwide for 2012, which are mostly national roads, bridges and flood control projects.

He said that of the 2013 projects, this city will have a share of P1.6 billion, allocating P336 million, P527 million and P742 million to the first, second and third districts respectively.

Upgrading of national roads at R. Castillo Street and Quezon Boulevard here will be included in the 2013 projects, he said.

Given the highest priorities, Compostela Valley has P1.228 billion for two congressional districts, Davao Oriental has P1.219 billion while Davao del Sur has P1.179 billion with one congressional district each, and Davao del Norte has P1.111 billion for two congressional districts.

Alquiza said most of these projects are composed of concreting national roads in the region as directed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

He pointed out that by 2014, all primary national roads in the region will be concreted, as well as the secondary roads by 2016.

He added that priority projects are focused on upgrading of roads at Malita in Davao del Sur and in Davao Oriental.

The DPWH has promised that all the national roads shall have been rehabilitated or paved before the President’s term ends in 2016.

Further, Alquiza said the DPWH-11 will apply for international standardization with the International Organization for Standardization, along with the National Capital Region office, for being consistent performers among all DPWH regional offices.

He mentioned that the DPWH-11 topped the infrastructure accomplishment nationwide, having 83.99 percent accomplishment equivalent as of September 30 this year, which he stated in his report to Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson.

The region has an allocation of P3.9 billion for regular infrastructure funding for 154 various projects this year, Alquiza said. (Lorie Ann A. Cascaro / MindaNews)