P7.9-B infra projects up in Davao Region

Mati City, Davao Oriental – A total of 177 infrastructure projects amounting to P7.9-billion is set to be implemented in the whole Region-11 next year.

Region-11 office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-11) Director Mariano Alquiza said majority of the 177 projects will be roads, bridges, and flood control systems.

According to Alquiza, the allocated budget for the region has increased for next year, compared to the P7.2-billion budget for 2013.

He said the DPWH-11 is currently completing the detailed engineering and budgeting of the upcoming 2014 projects.

The region also maintained its top performance in terms of accomplishment for this year, he modestly said.

According to Alquiza, the total accomplishment so far in the region is at 82 percent, some three percent short of its target of 85 percent.

The percentage, however, is still the highest in the country in terms of accomplishments, Alquiza pointed out.

Citing the district level, the DPWH in the province of Compostela Valley recorded a 99 percent accomplishment as of this month, followed by the Davao Oriental 2nd Engineering District with 96 percent accomplishment, and the Davao del Sur 1st Engineering District with 95 percent.

Meanwhile, District Engineer Cynthia Grace Tiu of the Davao Oriental 2nd Engineering District attributed their high performance on the dedication of their personnel, and support of the other stakeholders in the area, such as the contractors, the local government units, and other line agencies of the government.

Among the recently completed projects in the area include the Road Upgrading (from gravel to pavement) of the Mati City-Maragusan Road, Bactinan Section, worth some P42-million.

Tiu said the project was implemented by the H2 Landmark Builders, a private contractor headed by Engineer Henry Bernales, who served as the project manager.

It was learned that Alquiza and Tiu inspected the completed project to ensure the quality of the work.

The DPWH officials said the road projects is expected to benefit the thousands of residents in Maragusan town, especially in the delivery of their farm produce, and other major products to the market centers in this city.

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