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PIA Press Release
2008/02/08

Concreting of Abra-Kalinga road ongoing

TABUK CITY, Kalinga (8 February) -- Concreting of the Kalinga-Abra road is on-going with the partial completion of the Cagaluan-Ableg section of the national highway. The amount of P8.9 million was earmarked from the regular infrastructure fund of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and implemented by the Kalinga District Engineering Office (KDEO).

Delayed by road right of way claims and natural calamities, DPWH-KDEO is doing efforts to complete its implementation and other infrastructure projects in the upper region of this province. Several road projects had been delayed for long period, others realigned caused by exorbitant or unreasonable claims by unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of the situation.

Project Engineer Robert Baculi of DPWH-KDEO said the first phase of the project which was awarded to Kenneth Dale C. Mangaoang (KDCM) Construction firm is 25.33% completed out of the P2.3 million initial allotment. Replacement of the Ableg bridge was earlier completed from separate funds.

Baculi said road right of way claims by individuals and groups have been a perennial problem in the upper Kalinga region. "Projects scheduled for implementation are delayed when affected individuals or groups block workers and equipments from working," Baculi lamented adding that contractors could not commence road widening if persons prohibit them to do so.

"We call on all settlers traversed by roads to refrain from claiming unreasonable damages," Baculi appealed adding "we must help the government to do its part if we want our province to attain progress."

The Abra-Kalinga road is a vital road network linking Kalinga to the economic zones in the Ilocos region and an alternate road to Baguio City. Implementation of the project only push through when the DPWH-KDEO directed KDCM on July 14 last year to resume all operation of activities after the road right of way problem had been resolved. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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