MAASIN CITY – Infrastructure projects in Southern Leyte are expected to kick off early next year with the completion of some pre-detailed engineering (PDE) activities for the P1.74 billion projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH-SLDEO).
District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia said the PDE for 24 projects have been completed.
These projects are scheduled for bidding this month. They are optimistic to substantially complete the bidding process by the end of December 2016.
“As agreed in principle, we started the bidding process last month even without the final approval of the central office for the authority to bid and implement projects beyond our authority of P50 million,” Junia said.
The 2017 regular projects include bridges repair, flood control structures, road widening, road rehabilitation, tourism access roads, among others.
The district office closely coordinates with the office of Southern Leyte lone district Representative Roger Mercado to identify projects in line with the national government’s thrusts and local needs based on the lawmaker’s consultation.
Detailed engineering activities covered the setting of design standards, conduct of field surveys and investigations, preparation of design plans and design report, preparation of contract plans, determination of contract packages.
Included in the preparation are technical specifications, quantity estimates, cost estimates and approved budget for the contract.
Under the proposed 2017 infrastructure projects based on National Expenditure Program, the district office is tasked to implement P1.74 billion worth of projects, higher than this year’s P1.3 billion outlay.
The district office managed to pave all primary and secondary national roads before the deadline, which is the end of 2016.
The SLDEO is tasked to maintain 298.93 kilometers of national roads and 153 bridges, built in 18 towns and Maasin City, the provincial capital. (PR)