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DPWH finishes P7.74-B infra projects in Northeastern, Southern Mindanao regions

Butuan City (February 14) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed on time P7.74 billion big infrastructure projects in Northeastern and Southern Mindanao regions.

In her Mindanao agriculture tour, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will inspect these big completed infrastructure projects on Tuesday.

DPWH XIII regional director Dr. Evelyn T. Barroso reported that P4.74 billion worth of various public works projects located at various areas in the region and some of the commitments of President Arroyo in her State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) were already completed under 2009 budget.

Barroso said the DPWH Caraga has also completed ahead of schedule late last year and some of these early part of this month on 216 road projects and seven bridges totaling 63.519 lineal kilometers.

"The ground works of the Lingig-Boston Section is also on going without let up," she said.

She added: "Once all these projects are completed, it is expected to promote the development of agriculture and tourism in these area".

Meanwhile, the DPWH) XI has also completed on time P3.02 billion worth of big-ticket infrastructure projects promised by President Arroyo in her SONA in 2007, DPWH officials also reported on Sunday.

The regional office of DPWH XI has completed the P1.14 billion worth Manay section of Surigao Sur-Davao Oriental Coastal Road which, DPWH said, serves as the "main trunkline" of coastal municipalities of Davao Oriental in Southern Mindanao and Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte in Caraga region, leading to the main Pan Philippine Highway.

The Davao Oriental section of the Surigao-Davao Orieantal Coastal Road starts at the municipality of Manay, traversing the towns of Caraga, Baganga, Cateel and ends in Boston, spanning a total length of 132 kilometers.

DPWH XI said the road project forms part of the country's arterial road network, "and is classified as one of the roads of strategic importance."

DPWH Xl regional director Osop L. Ali said the project is intended to strengthen the socio-economic linkage among and between provinces and municipalities where it is passing through.

DPWH Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo said the completion of these big infra projects in Northeastern and Southern Mindanao region will vastly improve accessibility and transportation services as well as expedite the delivery of goods, social services and enhance mobility.

"Income of the residents in these areas and revenues of the local government units will surely rise," he added.

Meanwhile, DPWH XI also has hit completion schedule of the more than P2 billion worth Kapalong-Talaingod-Bukidnon Road which spans a total length of 57.79 kilometers. The project also covers construction of six bridges.

Its road section works from Kapalong to Talaingod in Davao del Norte covers road improvement and concreting.

Stretching from Talaingod to Kalagangan in San Fernando, Bukidnon, the road project links Southern and Northern Mindanao regions, serving as an inter-regional link that connects the Pan Philippine Highway in Davao del Norte and the SAYRE Highway in Bukidnon.

DPWH said the Talaingod (Davao del Norte)-Bukidnon Road is intended to become an alternate of the Davao-Calinan-Bukidnon and the Agusan-Davao Road thus diverting traffic from these routes should they be closed in case of landslides and major road repairs.

It will also open great opportunities for farming communities because it will traverse vast agricultural lands, the DPWH added. (muc/ PIA-Caraga) [top]

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