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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


DPWH to start construction of P5.5-B worth of projects for 2012 in Bicol

by Ed de Leon

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 12 (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will have an early start with the construction of some P5.5 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Bicol in line with the government’s accelerated expenditure program to help drive domestic consumption and help spur economic growth in the countryside.

Engr. Danilo E. Dequito, DPWH V regional director, said that most of the projects were bid out before the end of December last year and that the remaining projects will also be bid out to constructors before the end of this month.

This, he said, was aside from the more than P500 million worth of calamity fund released early December of last year and was already bid out to contractors and will soon also start rehabilitation of the typhoon damaged flood control structures, roads and bridges.

Dequito said that out of the total 146 projects to be constructed under the 2012 infrastructure programs of DPWH in Bicol, 80 projects had already been bidded out with a total funding of P1.2 billion as of December 31 last year, while 46 projects worth P1.4 billion will be bidded out by the end of this month; the remaining 20 projects worth P2.9 billion will be all be bid out by next month.

He added that the agency's regional office will implement some P1.5 billion worth of the projects which includes the Legazpi City Urban Drainage System worth P500 million, the Bicol River Basin and Watershed Management Project flood mitigation component worth P350 million and the Camarines Sur/Albay diversion road worth P500 million and P150 million for drainage/protection work along national roads.

Dequito said that most of the road projects is part of DPWH Secretary Singson's commitment to pave all arterial road by 2014.

He said that the road projects are also leading to tourist distinations in Bicol in line with the governments tourism program to increase tourist arrivals in the country to boost the economy. (MAL/EDL-PIA V)

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