For­eign-aided road projects be­ing read­ied in Min­danao

Tempo - - News - Kae Unite) (Betheena

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 ₱25.257-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

₱871 mil­lion; 24-km Ali­ci­aMalan­gas Road cost­ing ₱1.27 bil­lion in Zamboanga Sibugay Prov­ince; and 38.70-km Lu­ti­manGuicam-Olu­tanga Road cost­ing

₱969 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 ₱7.35-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 ₱950-mil­lion Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA) loan.

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

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