Govt promises paved national, secondary roads by 2016

Funds released for highway preventive maintenance
Aug 22, 2011

Road photo from SXC.hu

The Philippine government has committed that all national roads and secondary roads will be paved by 2014 and 2016, respectively.

You must be thinking "Really?" or "Yeah, right!" or even "Where the hell will you get the money when we know everything's being pocketed by our very trustworthy politicians?"

Well, it looks like there's still some cash left for infrastructure as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has just released P1.42 billion for preventive maintenance of national roads and installation of road safety devices.

"These infrastructure projects sustain the on-going economic development efforts of the Aquino administration to bring direct, immediate and substantial benefits to the citizens," Florencio B. Abad, Budget and Management secretary, said in a statement.

Of the total amount released by the DBM, P1.33 billion will go to 152 preventive maintenance projects covering 141.26 kilometers of national roads. Road-safety projects will eat up the remaining P85 million.

"For 2012, the priorities and targets of DPWH include the preservation of road assets, decongest traffic in Metro Manila and other urban areas, support infrastructure for tourism destinations, access roads to airports, and flood control and convergence program with the National Irrigation Agency and Department of Agriculture," the government statement said. "Other priority activities of DPWH for next year are the completion of the ongoing or unfinished projects, which will be generally given preference over new projects, strengthening or upgrading of national bridges and replacement of temporary bridges into permanent ones."

Check out the tables below for a more precise breakdown of where our taxes go.

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Preventive maintenance projects
Region Province/City Amount
National Capital Region Marikina, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Paranaque, Pasay, Taguig, Valenzuela P160 million
Region I Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union P95 million
Region II Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya P65 million
Region III Bulacan, Tarlac, Bataan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales P160 million
Region IV-A Quezon, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal P190 million
Region IV-B Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Romblon P110 million
Region V Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes P170 million
Region VI  Guimaras, Negros Occidental P35 million
Region VII Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor P90 million
Region VIII Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Western Samar P115 million
Region X  Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Occidental P40 million
Region XI Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur P25 million
Region XII South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat P20 million
Region XIII Agusan del Sur P10 million
Cordillera Autonomous Region Abra, Benguet, Ifugao P45 million
Total P1.33 billion

 

Installation and construction of road safety devices
Region Province/City Amount
Region I Ilocos Sur, La Union P10 million
Cordillera Autonomous Region Abra, Benguet P25 million
Region IV-A Cavite P15 million
Region VIII Western Samar P30 million
Region IX Zamboanga del Norte P5 million
Total P85 million

Photo from SXC.hu

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