Abad: Aquino gov't on-track to have national roads paved by 2014
MANILA, Jan. 3 (DBM) -- Consistent with the Aquino administration's vision to improve the country's roads, the Department of Budget and Management has released P1-billion to cover the preventive maintenance of 139.627 kilometers of national roads nationwide.
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said the released funding is from the Special Support Fund of the Motor Vehicle Users Charge.
"The P1-billion release is consistent with the commitment of the Aquino administration to improve and rehabilitate the country's roads to optimize its structural soundness and lengthen their design life. The DPWH has made a commitment to have 15,872 kilometer national arterial roads to be 100 percent paved by 2014," Abad said.
The P1 billion will be used as a counterpart funding for National Roads Improvement and Management Project II (NRIMP-2). NRIMP-2 is the second phase of a three-year program of establishing management systems to upgrade and preserve the National Road System (NRS) in an environmentally, socially and financially sustainable manner.
The project will address the maintenance and improvement of national arterial roads and bridges through long-term performance-based contracts and expansion of the national preventive maintenance program.
Of the P1-billion funding, eight regions will benefit for the road maintenance and rehabilitation projects. The highest allocation of P150 million will be given to Region IV-A for the asphalt overlay of Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road in Batangas.
The DPWH hopes to achieve its goal of paving 94 percent of the 15,872 kilometers of national arterial roads and 74 percent of the 11,428 km of national secondary roads by end-2012. DPWH targets 100-percent pavement of all national arterial roads by 2014 and all national secondary roads by 2016.
Moreover, all 7,793 national bridges—330,089 lineal meters (lms) long—will be made permanent by 2012. Of the total bridge length, 104,293 LMS are due for repair or rehabilitation while 8,544 LMS of temporary bridges will be made permanent.
|National Road Maintenance Projects|
|Region||Project/Location||Target Length (Km)||Amount|
|I||Asphalt overlay of Manila North Road (Pasuquin Section), Ilocos Norte||9.131||57 million|
|II||Asphalt overlay of Cagayan Valley Road (Iguig-Amulung Section), Cagayan||20.000||133 million|
|III||Asphalt overlay of Daang Maharlika Road, Cabanatuan and Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija||14.000||116 million|
|IV-A||Asphalt overlay of Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road, Batangas||18.000||P150 million|
|V||Asphalt overlay of Legazpi-Sto. Domingo-Tabaco, Camarines Sur, Albay||18.000||119 million|
|IX||Asphalt overlay of Pagadian-Zamboanga City Road (Tigabalabag-Dita Section), Zamboanga||20.000||133 million|
|X||Asphalt overlay of Sayre Highway (Kitaotao-Kibawe Section), Bukidnon||14.530||96 million|
|XI||Asphalt overlay of Davao-Bukidnon Road, Davao City||9.966||65 million|
|Asphalt overlay of Daang Maharlika Road, Davao City||16.000||131 million|
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