DPWH to implement 11 big-ticket infra projects in Mindanao

DPWH projects are in full swing, according to Secretary Mark Villar.

MANILA —The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will implement a total of 11 big-ticket infrastructure projects which aims to improve roads network in Mindanao.

According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the projects, which will be implemented from 2018 up to 2023, cover the construction of eight roads in Zamboanga Peninsula with total length of 277.23 kilometers and additional three bridges in the Province of Tawi-Tawi with total length of 775 lineal meters.

The projects, will be financed through the USD380- million loan with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The loan agreement was signed by Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and ADB President Takehiko Nakao last Jan. 10.

“The whole project costs PHP25.257 billion. With the ADB loan, we can utilize more of our budget to other key infrastructure projects of the government,” Villar said in a statement.

Villar said three core projects –23.69-kilometer Alicia-Malangas Road; 17.1-kilometer Tampilisan-Sandayong Road; and 37.49-kilometer Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road with 440-lineal meter Guicam Bridge — are for procurement on the first quarter of 2018.

While the detailed engineering design of five more projects, namely: the 55.25-kilometer R.T. Lim-Siocon Road; 40-kilometer Lanao-Pagadian-Ipil-Zamboanga Road ; Curuan-Sibuco Road; 34.5-kilometer Siay-Gapol Road; and the 27.76-kilometer Gutalac-Baliguian Alternative Road, is now 80% complete.

Also up for implementation are three bridges in Taw-Tawi, namely: Malassa-Lupa Pula; Tongsinah-Paniongan; and Nalil-Sikkiat .