Benguet needs P3M for road rehab
by Joseph B Zambrano
La Trinidad, Benguet (20 November) -- The province of Benguet needs more P3 billion to fully rehabilitate into its national, provincial, municipal and barangay road networks damaged by typhoons.
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan said hopefully a big portion of the fund to repair the province's roads can be provided through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Cosalan clarified that the new estimates on road damages wrought by Typhoon Juan recently cannot be added on top of the old damage estimates especially if these are for the same road sections that were damaged last year.
In a Kapihan forum last month, OIC-Regional Director Edilberto Carabbacan of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Cordillera came up with their estimate of damages on national roads in the region.
The estimates for damaged national roads within Benguet Engineering District 01 amounted to P 69,469,000 while damaged national roads in District 02 amounted to P24,304,120.
Cosalan said he gets to see Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson almost every week and that while the latter has already worked for an initial assistance from JICA, they are looking for other sources of funding.
The huge Guesset landslide along the Beckel-Aritao road and the Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan road sections stand to benefit from the PhP3.7 billion repair fund, said Cosalan.
He explained that an initial P119 million worth of infrastructure projects is set for bidding in December while P 96 million from JICA will be bidded in January.
An amount of P80 million was also allocated for various flood control projects in the province. The Guesset landslide will initially be funded with P60 million while P103 million was allocated for the repair of various sections along the Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan road. (PIA) [top]