For­eign-as­sisted road projects to be im­ple­mented soon in Min­danao – DPWH

Manila Bulletin - - Mindanao News - 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 project pro­gresses on the ground much quicker.”

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

Th­ese core road projects were iden­ti­fied as the 17-kilo­me­ter Tampil­isanSan­day­ong Road in Zamboanga Del Norte cost­ing R871 mil­lion; 24-kilo­me­ter Ali­cia-Malan­gas Road cost­ing R1.27 bil­lion in Zamboanga Sibugay Prov­ince; and 38.70-kilo­me­ter Lu­ti­man-GuicamO­lu­tanga Road cost­ing P969 mil­lion also lo­cated in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The pro­posed 3.7-kilo­me­ter 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 R7.35-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 Oza­mis/ Tan­gub to Mu­cas/Tu­bod to only seven min­utes.

Also, the Marawi Tran­scen­tral Road Net­work will be con­structed start­ing De­cem­ber this year as part of re­build­ing Marawi City. It is funded un­der a R950-mil­lion Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA) loan.

The Marawi Tran­scen­tral Road Net­work cov­ers the 9.41-kilo­me­ter Ba­con­gIli­gan-Marawi Road; 3.54-kilo­me­ter Ba­cong-Poona-Maran­tao-Marawi Road; 580-me­ter GMA Ter­mi­nal Ac­cess; 1.79-kilo­me­ter Marawi-Cadre-New Capi­tol;1.54-kilo­me­ter Mar­cos Boule­vard; 840-me­ter Idarus Road Sec­tion; 3.31-kilo­me­ter MSU - GMA Road; and 800-me­ter 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 kilo­me­ters from its mouth in Ma­ca­jalar Bay go­ing up­stream to the Pe­laez Bridge, Project Di­rec­tor Pa­trick Gatan said.

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