Road infra projects now in process for World Bank funding
By Bong Pedalino
Maasin City (16 October) -- A cross-country road project traversing the mountainous terrain from Saint Bernard to Hinunangan towns in the pacific area of Southern Leyte province had been requested for World Bank funding already by Rep. Roger Mercado long before the super-regions concept came into the picture.
Similar requests on concreting projects for Panaon and Limasawa circumferential roads had been pending, said Engr. Carlos Veloso, the District Engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Southern Leyte Engineering District.
“Cong. Mercado has requested the central DPWH Office about the cross-country road at barangay Libas leading to Hinunangan, and it is now slated for funding by the World Bank,” DE Veloso revealed in an interview at the “Kapihan sa PIA” program live at DYDM Friday, October 13.
“The circumferential road at Panaon island, from barangay Pinut-an, San Ricardo, to barangay Bahay road, Cong. Mercado also has a request to complete this one, along with Limasawa island roads, and these are now pending or may be still in process,” he added.
Asked if such projects were listed due to the Congressman’s request and not due to the super-regions plan, de Veloso explained that these have been included also in the new initiative of the President even as this has been long sought by the Southern Leyteno solon early on for funding and appropriate action.
Under the Central Philippines-Medium Term Public Investment Program (CP-MTPIP), otherwise called the super-regions plan, the Saint Bernard-Hinunangan cross-country road has a budget of P200 million, the Panaon Circumferential, P290 million, and the Limasawa Circumferential road, P90 million.
Governor Rosette Lerias presented the said itemized projects, among others, in the special Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting on September 21 at Tacloban City. Gov. Lerias is the current RDC Chair. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]