More than P.8B worth of public works projects to be done in Oriental Mindoro
POSTED: Thursday, March 6th, 2014
CALAPAN CITY – Oriental Mindoro really determine to be the center of major activities in the whole MIMAROPA (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) Region, or Region 4B, as the national and provincial governments are now implementing here and lining up a combined total of almost a billion-peso worth of “big time” public works or infrastructure projects in this whole island province this 2014.
For the first and second districts of the said province, covering this capital city and 14 municipalities stretching from north to southern portions, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) two engineering districts are either implementing or readying for implementation more than half a billion worth of infrastructure projects.
And as this developed, Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr. has just approved a budget of P269.7 million to finance rehabilitation, maintenance and construction of various infrastructure projects, to be supervised by the provincial engineering office, in the whole province for this year.
In a report furnished to the media by DPWH-Oriental Mindoro First District Engineer Nestor Del Rosario, it was learned that they are now implementing and lining up some 29 big-budgeted infrastructure projects totaling to about P271 million.
These include the protection works being done along Calapan South Road and two flood control projects all with budget of P20 million each. The other big budgeted projects, with amounts ranging from P2 million to P16 million, are now being implemented for the first district of Oriental Mindoro.
According to Del Rosario, most of these projects are either for the protection of major roads, concreting and maintenance of the part of the province’s national highway, and flood control.
In the second district, meanwhile, the Southern Mindoro District Engineering Office (SMDEO), headed by District Engineer Magtanggol C. Roldan and Assistant District Engineer Annielyn E. Padullo, disclosed in their first quarter report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson that a total of P336.5 million worth of 33 “high-impact” infrastructure projects are now either being implemented or set for implementation by their district office for the whole year in seven municipalities covering second district of Oriental Mindoro.
At the same time, SMDEO reported that all 15 of the biggest projects under their 2013 Regular Infrastructure Projects have been completed at the end of last year.
These include four of the five flood control projects under calamity fund, which were already completed and one in progress as of this February 2014.
For this year, the P336,508,000 worth of “high impact projects,” or those public works which are of immediate positive effects on the people, are now being done expeditiously particularly the 33 big infrastructure projects.
In detail, the report stated there 22 school building projects were completed and one still in progress, while being implemented are additional six school building projects which are still in progress, together with 42 water and sanitation facilities on different schools scattered in the seven stated towns.
Engr. Roldan also reported to Secretary Singson that they have ongoing concreting project at the area of Calapan South Road in Bagong Sikat, Bulalacao to completely pave this section, and 31 road concreting projects under the Department of Agriculture (DA) is also being implemented to address the needs of farmers in the far flung areas of the district.
The DPWH officials have also stated in their report that also part of their 2014 Regular Infra Projects, which were already awarded and set for implementation are 24 public works and infrastructure projects.
Among these are 19 flood control projects on major river basins along the municipalities of the said district, three major repair/maintenance of bridges, and a rehabilitation of national road part there.
For the provincial government, Engr. Elmer V. Dilay, provincial engineer, stated the fund allocations have been earmarked for projects under the general public, infrastructure support to economic and social services sectors, and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).
Dilay said bulk of the fund goes to road development projects totaling to about P144 million, while P9 million will be used for rehabilitation and maintenance of existing roads for the two congressional districts, P43 million will be for the repairs and construction of day care centers, public hospitals, water system, and health centers.
Flood control projects in the whole Oriental Mindoro will have P20 million from the said fund.(By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)