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PIA Press Release
2008/11/29

Section of Calanan-Abbut road improvement completed

Tabuk, Kalinga (29 November) -- Improvement of the Calanan-Abbut road was completed third quarter of this year, a mark accomplishment in infrastructure development of the province by the Kalinga District Engineering Office (KDEO), which supervised its implementation.

According to OIC District Engineer Leo Mustard, the P30 million concreting of the Cabaritan-Cawagayan road section was funded from the Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera Administrative Region (DPWH-CAR) regular infra fund but was handled by the KDEO for closer supervision.

"This has solved the perennial problem of traffic towards that route since vehicular travel is being disturbed and commuters stranded when vehicles could not reach the other end of the road during heavy down pour as the road turns muddy and becomes a hurdle," Mustard said.

He said KDEO is also busy with other major infra projects in order to meet their target dates of accomplishment. The P27 million Balbalan-Pinukpuk road improvement, he said is 70% accomplished and is expected complete by April of next year to serve as an alternate road from Kalinga to Abra. He said the work scope includes concreting and road widening.

He reported that the P30 million Kalinga-Abra road is 35% done. Mustard said these are all DPWH-CAR projects but are KDEO-supervised.

On small infra projects in support to agriculture development of the region, Mustard said various farm-to-market roads (FMR) were also implemented by KDEO together with those funded out of the Priority Development Fund (PDAF) of Congressman Manuel Agyao.

On-going FMRs are in Rizal with P4 million funding; Tanudan P4M; Lubuagan P1M; and Tinglayan P1M.

Meanwhile, Engr. Alexander Colangan of the Planning and Design section informed that KDEO has a planned infrastructure budget of P105 million for 2009 for 17 projects. He said six projects have already their preliminary detailed engineering plans.

For effective and efficient supervision of projects in the district, key personnel of KDEO were designated to head the 6 sections namely: Andrew Choycawen as Chief of Maintenance from MQC; Ernesto Vecaldo as Chief of Planning and Design from Construction; Manuel Madio as Chief of Materials Quality Control from Planning and Design; Robert Baculi as Asst. Chief for MQC from Asst. Chief of Construction; George Balwan as Chief of Construction from Chief of Maintenance; and Teodoro Owek as Asst. Chief for Construction from Asst. MQC. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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