MANILA — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is closely monitoring the completion of provincial road projects worth PHP18.03 billion through the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) for Road Repair, Rehabilitation, and Improvement Program.
The projects are in support of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.
DILG Officer-in-Charge Secretary Eduardo M. Año said seven of these provincial road projects worth PHP180 million had already been completed, while the remaining PHP17.85-billion fund was allotted for 238 ongoing projects, 45 projects on the procurement phase, and 25 projects on pre-procurement stage.
“Provincial roads connect people, products, and services from inner barangays to the economic and government hubs and vice versa. We are very happy that the completed provincial roads now bring better connectivity for our people to easily traverse to and from the centers of growth in their respective areas,” Año said in a statement Thursday.
The seven completed CMGP projects, which involve the concreting of an aggregate total length of 13.67 km. of the provincial road network in Nueva Vizcaya, are the Nagsabaran-Decabacan Road, Diadi Junction-Escoting-Arwas Road, Batu-Magapuy-Paitan Road, Kinacao-Kurasay-Kinalabasa Road, San Fernando-Sto. Niño-Manaing Road, Bangana-Tucanon-Tabueng Road, and Junction National-Batu- Balintugon Road.
Año said the DILG was also monitoring the progress of other local access road projects that were still in various stages of project implementation.
He added local access road projects took time to complete because the preparation of initial documents alone took two to three months and the procurement phase needed another one to two months.
These steps are crucial in contributing to the optimal quality of the road works to be implemented.
The actual project construction can range from six months to two years, depending on the nature and length of the project as stipulated in the initial documents. (DILG)