DPWH sees completion of Jica-funded Marawi City road projects this month

- By Lorenz S. Marasigan @lorenzmara­sigan

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it targets to finish by the end of the month the last of the three contract packages of a Japan Internatio­nal Cooperatio­n Agency (Jica) grant for Marawi.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said the rehabilita­tion of Marawi Transcentr­al Road Phase 1, which was funded through a Jica grant, shall be completed by end August.

The project, he said, “Has provided better access to basic services, increase trade, and contribute to the progressin­g economic activities in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.”

“Two of the three contract packages for this Japan Internatio­nal Cooperatio­n Agency-grant project were completed with the remaining package on final finishing touches involving ancillary or drainage works targeted to be finished this end of August 2021,” Villar said.

The design and build of Bacong-poona-marantao-marawi road, gma Terminal Access, Marawi-cadre-new Capitol, Marcos Boulevard, and Idarus Road Section with a total length of 5.45 kilometers under Contract Package 1-B was completed by the joint venture of Al Hussein Constructi­on and N.B. Salbo Constructi­on.

Meanwhile, Kouzbary Builders has completed the 3.9-kilometer road network capacity improvemen­t for the MSU-GMA Road and Lumindong-amaipakpak Avenue under Contract 2. The 18.97-kilometer Marawi Transcentr­al Road Phase 1 is part of the government’s comprehens­ive plan for the reconstruc­tion and developmen­t of Marawi.

The government has instructed the consultant Woodfields Consultant­s Inc. and the joint venture contractor­s Unimasters Conglomera­tion INC./MMA Achievers Constructi­on & Developmen­t CORP./CDH Constructi­on/ Flying Seven Constructi­on “to work together in order to meet the target full completion of all the remaining civil works for the 9.41-km Bacong-iligan-marawi Road Section under CP 1A this month.”

The DPWH has also started the Marawi Transcentr­al Road Phase 3, which is another 18.78-kilometer road rehabilita­tion project funded by Jica under the official developmen­t assistance (ODA) loan package.

On-going under Marawi Trans central road project phase 3 are four packages as follow: Package 3 A with a total length of 4.87 kilometers consists of Cabingan-msu Campus-amai Pakpak Avenue (Road 6), MSU Campus matampay-marantao Road (Road 7), and Rapasa-bayaba Road (Road 20); Package 3B with a total length of 4.92 kilometers that covers Emie-sagonsonga­n-linao-lantian Road (Road 9-1), MSU-BUBO Road (Road 13), and Rantian-paling Road (Road 14).

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