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Construction of foreign-assisted road projects in Mindanao slated – DPWH

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By Betheena Unite

Some foreign institution-funded infrastructure projects in Mindanao will be implemented soon, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

More official development assistance (ODA)-funded infrastructure projects, according to DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain, “will commence soon as they look forward to have Secretary Mark Villar see these projects progresses on the ground much quicker.”

Construction of three core road projects in Western Mindanao, Sadain said, will soon be launched under the P25.257-billion Asian Development Bank-funded program that aims to improve growth corridors in Mindanao.

These core road projects were identified as the 17-kilometer Tampilisan-Sandayong Road in Zamboanga Del Norte costing P871 million; 24-km Alicia-Malangas Road costing P1.27 billion in Zamboanga Sibugay Province; and 38.70-km Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road costing P969 million also located in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The proposed 3.7-km Panguil Bay Bridge project is also expected to start construction soon. It will connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao Del Norte in Northern Mindanao.

The P7.35-billion Panguil Bay Bridge project will be financed under loan agreement between the Philippines and Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund. It aims to cut the 1.5 to 2.5 hours travel from Ozamiz/Tangub to Mucas/Tubod to only seven minutes.

Further, Marawi Transcentral Road Network will be constructed starting December this year as part of rebuilding Marawi City. It is funded under a P950-million Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loan.

The Marawi Transcentral Road Network covers the 9.41-km Bacong-Iligan-Marawi Road; 3.54-km Bacong-Poona-Marantao-Marawi Road; 580-meter GMA Terminal Access; 1.79-km Marawi-Cadre-New Capito;1.54-km Marcos Boulevard; 840-m Idarus Road Section; 3.31-km MSU – GMA Road; and 800-m Lumidong-Amai Pakpak Avenue.

Construction of a riverbank protection, dike, floodwall and bridge improvement will also be implemented in Cagayan De Oro to mitigate flood risk in Cagayan De Oro River Basin particularly at the downstream portion of the River about 12 km from its mouth in Macajalar Bay going upstream to the Pelaez Bridge, project director Patrick Gatan said.

It will start by January 2019 under the P8.549-billion Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental funded by a loan agreement with JICA, Gatan added.

In addition, construction of the 161.80-lineal meter Quirino Bridge in Cotabato City will also start early 2019. It is a P164.85-million project that will be implemented by the bridge management cluster headed by project director Gil Villanueva.

These projects, according to Sadain, were presented during the project performance review meeting attended by Villar and other DPWH officials.

Sadain said that since 2016, the agency has come up with 39 new project proposals with indicative cost of P2.09 trillion for possible ODA financing and implementation between 2019 and 2030. This in addition to the 18 ongoing ODA projects with a total project cost of P138.256 billion.