Thursday, January 8, 2015

DPWH-Bicol completes 315 infra projects in 2014
By Floreño G. Solmirano

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 7 (PNA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways Bicol regional office completed 315 infrastructure projects in the region in 2014, a report released Tuesday by the agency’s Public Information Office said.

The accomplished infrastructure projects are part of the 422 projects targeted by the agency for the year, involving a total allocation of Php9.19 billion for the Bicol Region under the DPWH Infra Program.

The projects include roads and bridges, flood control and drainage, water system, school buildings, national buildings and other public infrastructure projects.

“The big chunk of the allocation was for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges with Php7.1-billion share,” DPWH Bicol Regional Director Melvin B. Navarro said.

Navarro explained that the DPWH-Bicol is one of the key agencies that provide the infrastructures necessary to spur the development of the region.

“The regional office and its 15 district engineering offices have facilitated the delivery of the much-needed infrastructure services to Bicolanos,” he added.

Other portion of the Php9.19-billion total allocation went to flood control and drainage, Php1.6 billion; water system, Php10.5 million; school buildings, Php14.0 million; national buildings, Php297.0 million; and other public infrastructure, Php209.1 million.

Water system and school building projects have been fully implemented while others are in progress.

One of the remaining not yet started (NYS) projects is ready for implementation while others are still under the pre-construction activities due to the delayed pre-detailed engineering activities.

Navarro said that aside from the current infra program, his office also implemented carry-over projects under CY2013, CY2012 and CY2011 infra programs.

For 2013 carry-over projects, the total accomplishment in 2014 yearend was 97.04 percent, with one remaining NYS project under perfection of contract; while for the CY2013 carry-over projects, the total yearend completion was 97.94 percent, with nine ongoing projects and one remaining NYS that is under MOA with an LGU and ready for implementation.

The total yearend performance for 2011 carry-over projects was 94.81 percent, with two remaining ongoing projects.(PNA) CTB/FGS/CBD/