DPWH-Aklan's new DE maps out Aklan's current, future infra projects
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (20 October) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under the stewardship of its newly assigned District Engineer, Roberto J. Cabigas is currently up on its toes implementing vital infrastructure projects in Aklan in support of the province' two major thrust – agriculture and tourism.
Presently, DPWH-Aklan, said DE Cabigas, is giving much attention in the maintenance and rehabilitation of some portions of the national highway leading to Boracay Island, which he said is a priority program of the government in support of the province' booming tourism industry.
Dubbed by DE Cabigas as a VIP area, parts of the national highway given much attention by the DPWH now are from Barangay Caticlan to Malay and from Malay to Buruanga town, currently undergoing asphalt overlays.
In the island of Boracay, the DPWH is currently concreting a portion of the road leading to the dumpsite, which has a P15 million budget.
DE Cabigas also revealed that the road network from Kalibo to Nabas and Pandan, which was mentioned in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo State of the Nation Address, is a very good road with concreted and asphalted portions. The road network from Pandan to Libertad, however, is still a rough road, but is being proposed to be funded by the foreign-assisted Project Manangement Office of the DPWH, according to DE Cabigas.
Among Aklan's bridges, the one in ibajay is already 90% complete and will be finished soon while the Kalibo Bridge is to undergo retrofitting.
To lessen the pressure on Kalibo Bridge, DE Cabigas said there are now feasibility studies for the construction of a circumferential road from Barangay Tigayon in Kalibo to Lezo and Numancia towns in the western side of the province. He also revealed that there is also a feasibility study for the construction of a road from Tigayon to Kalibo Airport, and by next year, he sees that the project, which will be foreign-funded, would be realized.
DE Cabigas also said that in Aklan, there are four special bridges, called the Tulay ng Pangulo.
"These are steel bridges with materials and designs coming from the United Kingdom, and most of these here in Aklan are already operational," DE Cabigas said.
The bridges are seen to make transport of farmers' produce from barangays easily brought to markets.
The DPWH here is also taking care of the road leading to the Kalibo Airport by widening it and repairing canals and box culvert. Since May of this year, the airport has catered to international flights coming from Incheon, South Korea and very recently, Shanghai, China, which further boost the province' tourism industry. (PIA) [top]