Govt rolls out P11-B ODA-funded projects in South

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By WILLIAM DEPASUPIL (TMT)

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will soon roll out at least five more official development aid (ODA)-funded infrastructure projects worth some P11 billion in the Mindanao region.

DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain of the Unified Project Management Office (DPWH-UPMO) Operations and Technical Services over the weekend said he had presented to Public Works Secretary Mark Villar an update on planned, ongoing and completed infrastructure projects under the UPMO Cluster during a project performance review meeting.

Sadain added that at least five ODA projects will commence soon, including three core road projects to spur economic growth and development in Western Mindanao.

He said these projects are part of the P25.257-billion Asian Development Bank-funded Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project.

UPMO-RMC2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo Hasim identified the core road projects as the 17-kilometer Tampilisan-Sandayong Road in Zamboanga del Norte costing P871 million; the 24-km Alicia-Malangas Road, P1.27 billion, in Zamboanga Sibugay; and the 38.7-km Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road, P969 million, also in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Also expected to commence is the P7.35-million proposed 3.7-km Panguil Bay Bridge Project that will connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, and Tubod, Lanao del Norte, in Northern Mindanao.

The project will be financed under a loan agreement between the Philippine government and the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund.

In support of the national government’s efforts to rebuild Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, Project Director Virgilio Castillo of the Roads Management Cluster I reported that the DPWH will also be launching the construction of the new Marawi Transcentral Road Network included in the Reconstruction and Development Plan for Greater Marawi funded with P950 million by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Marawi Transcentral Road Network is scheduled to start in December. It is composed of the 9.41-km Bacong-Iligan-Marawi Road under Contract Package I-A costing P397.13 million; 3.54-km Bacong-Poona-Marantao-Marawi Road, 580-meter GMA Terminal Access, 1.79-km Marawi-Cadre-New Capitol, 1.54-km Marcos Boulevard and 840-meter Idarus Road Section under Contract Package I-B costing P264.33 million; and the 3.31-km MSU-GMA Road and 800-meter Lumidong-Amai Pakpak Avenue under Contract Package II costing P167.87 million.

To mitigate flood risks in Cagayan de Oro River Basin, Project Director Patrick Gatan of the Flood Control Management Cluster said the construction of riverbank protection, dike, floodwall and bridge improvement is set to commence 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 .

Also set to commence in early 2019 is the P164.85-million rehabilitation/retrofitting of the Quirino Bridge in Cotabato City to be implemented by the Bridge Management Cluster headed by Project Director Gil Villanueva.