DPWH exec: Metro Cebu Expressway project moving at a snail's pace

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A PUBLIC works and highways official admitted having delays in the completion of the segment 3 of Metro Cebu Expressway project due to lack of funding.

Regional Director Edgar Tabacon of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Central Visayas said the 17.15-kilometer segment 3 project from Naga City to Minglanilla town has not been completed yet due to slow movement of funding.

About P4.5 billion has been allocated for the segment 3 of the project, but the funds were released on a staggered basis, Tabacon said.

Tabacon said since the project started five years ago, the National Government was only able to release P1.3 billion or P260 million every year for the segment 3 that runs from Naga City to Minglanilla town.

Tabacon said if this trend continues, it would take them 17 years to complete segment 3.

"Atong accomplishment is dependent on the funding that they released. Lahi man ni sa PPP of foreign assisted project (Our accomplishment depends on the funding that they released. This is different from the PPP (private-public partnership) of foreign assisted projects," Tabacon said.

The Metro Cebu Expressway project traverses along the slopes in the mountains of Naga City in the south to Danao City in the north and has a span of 73 kilometers and a total budget of P28 billion.

Currently, works on segments 1 and 2 from Talisay City to Danao City, which spans 57 kilometers, have not been started yet. (PAC, TPT)

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