DPWH-8 gets P1.93-B
budget for EV infra projects in Q4 of 2011
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – An
additional P1.93 Billion budget for
infrastructure project was released in the last quarter of 2011, the
Department of Public Works and Highways in the Region informed.
This is more than the
P1.8 Billion budget for the entire year, thus making DPWH Region 8 the
only region in the country with additional budget higher than the
regular budget, DPWH-8 Director Rolando Asis said.
explained that the additional fund is part of the stimulus package of
the Aquino government that is aimed at boosting the infrastructure
spending in the Region.
With the additional
releases, the DPWH in the Region has to fast track works for ongoing
projects in order to achieve at least 80% accomplishment by the end of
December, the DPWH director added.
Director Asis said
that among the projects covered in the additional budget are the road
opening connecting Babatngon and Barugo towns in
Leyte; diversion road construction in
Calbayog City, San
Isidro-Lope de Vega road opening in Northern Samar; Arteche-Lapinig
Road improvement linking the provinces of Eastern Samar and Northern
Samar; and the rehabilitation of the Carigara Bridge in Leyte.
The DPWH director
disclosed that for the regular fund allocation, “we are almost
complete,” however, due to additional allocations for the last
quarter, it is impossible for the Agency to attain 100%
He however gave the
assurance that the agency will continue the implementation of the
projects early next year.
In earlier reports,
the DPWH justified the low spending in the first half of 2011 as a
result of its move for quality spending and realignments requested by
politicians and people themselves.