NEDA extends validity of loan for Visayas road, dam projects

Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project.

THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) has approved the extension of the validity of loan for road and dam projects in the Visayas region and their construction period.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) requested a 24-month extension of the validity of the loan for the Korean loan-assisted Samar Pacific Coastal Project due to the need to recoup the time lost due to procurement delays and security issues.

DPWH has asked for the extension from Jan. 18, 2018 to Jan. 17, 2020, and the implementation duration and schedule to be revised to January 2018 to December 2019 for the remaining works.

The P1.03-billion Samar Pacific Coastal Road is a 109.3-kilometers road under the Arterial Road Network, which will link towns facing the Pacific and eventually complete the circumferential loop for Samar Island.

The ICC-CabCom also approved the request of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to extend by 46 months the validity of the loan for the second stage of another Korean-assisted project, the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project (JRMP).

The loan validity for the project was extended from May 28, 2018 to March 28, 2022. The new project completion schedule was also extended from Nov. 28, 2017 to Sept. 28, 2021.

The P11.21-billion JRMP involves the construction of dam and irrigation facilities, including a high dam and reservoir with afterbay and catch dams in Iloilo and its neighboring towns. p: wjg