DPWH starts additional P6.9-B infra-projects in ARMM

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways has set additional projects for 2018.

A total of Php6.889 billion more infrastructures will be constructed across the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) this year.

These new road projects comprise 68 percent of the ARMM’s total infra budget at Php103-billion for the current year, from the data provided by region’s DPWH.

The DPWH -ARMM 2018 infrastructure budget would cover a total of 472 projects, which would include 40 seaports, 86 water supply systems, then 39 bridges, 17 flood control structures, also 20 drainage systems, and 32 other constructions.

“A total of 238 road projects with an overall length of 361.65 kilometers would be funded this year,” said Don Mustapha Loong, the DPWH-ARMM secretary.

As of December 2017, DPWH-ARMM completed 1, 334 kilometers of roads across the region, while total of 420.356 kilometers of road concreting projects are still going on.

“With more infrastructure projects, people in the region will have better access to tourism sites, will help boost the region’s economy and uplift people’s lives as transport of goods and products will be cheaper,” Loong said.

Meanwhile, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said that infrastructure development is one of the region’s top priorities as it means greater impact in improving lives of the people in ARMM.

Earlier this month, the governor led the turnover of a level II water supply system, communal faucet units to the local government of Panglima Estino, Sulu.

The DPWH-ARMM is currently embarking on the E-ARMM system aimed at establishing a database that would contain information and updates on each road projects.

“With the E-ARMM system, identification of right projects will be made easy as the public also can easily check paved and unpaved roads in the region,” Loong said.

The DPWH-ARMM is proud of evolving from an office previously involved in corruption to a model agency for transparency and efficiency in the Muslim region.

 Source: PNA

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