LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 28 (PNA) - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has recently released P730 million to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Bicol to fund various infrastructure projects in the region.
Under the list of infrastructure projects for immediate implementation starting in December, P351.9 million will be under the Accelerated Disbursement of President P-Noy (ADPP) and P378.9 million will finance various infrastructure projects under the Bicol Calamity Fund.
Engr. Danilo Dequito, DPWH regional director, said that the amount released is part of the P5.5 billion released to the DPWH central office under the P72-billion Accelerated Disbursement Program of the Aquino administration.
Dequito said that under the ADPP, the amount will be used to finance 38 projects distributed in the six provinces of Bicol for the construction of roads, bridges and flood control projects.
He furthered that the DPWH district offices in the six provinces will implement 37 of the projects while the regional office will implement one project worth P20 million.
He said Albay has the biggest slice of the budget release with P163 million for 13 projects; followed by Sorsogon with 84.7 million for seven projects; Camarines Sur P45.7 million for eight projects; Catanduanes, P1.5 million for three projects; and Masbate, P2 million for one project.
For DPWH's 2nd Tranche of Priority Infra Projects for 2011, it has received P144 million to finance roads, bridges and flood control projects in Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Masbate.
For the calamity fund projects, DBM has released some P224.2 million to be spent for major, secondary roads and bridges and other infra facilities destroyed by Typhoons Juaning, Mina, Pedring and Quiel that hit Bicol this year.
For calamity funding, Albay got the biggest chunk with P136 million; Camarines Sur with P35.7 million, Sorsogon – P32 million, Camarines Norte – P17 million, Masbate – P2 million and Canatanduanes with only P1.5 million.
Deqquito said that he has directed the district engineers to fast track the implementation of the projects without sacrificing the quality of the projects once completed. (PNA)