DPWH bares P2.74 Billion budget for roads and infrastructure projects in Northern Samar this 2024

GRATEFUL. Northern Samar Governor Edwin Ongchuan expressed his gratitude to the Department of Public Works and Highways for its continued support to the province by funding various infrastructure projects for the year.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar– Governor Edwin Ongchuan has expressed profound gratitude to the national government for allocating a significant funding of Php 2.74 billion this 2024 for roadworks and other infrastructure projects in Northern Samar’s First District, which good news was announced by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 8 in its social media page.

With the growing traffic especially in the First District which is most traversed by heavy vehicles to and from Luzon and Mindanao, the Governor sees the need to expand roads as much as address the adverse damage brought about by the recent shearline and heavy rains in the province, in addition to flood controls and other vital infrastructures.

According to the DPWH, its 2024 Infrastructure Program for Northern Samar’s First District as outlined in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) consists of 77 projects which include 25 projects under the National Road Network Services, 3 under the Flood Management Services, 1 under the local program, and 48 under the Basic Infrastructure program.

Major of these projects are the preventive maintenance of the Catarman-Calbayog Road which has been funded Php 85 million, and the construction of the San Isidro-Lope De Vega Road which has the highest allocation at Php 100 million, DPWH 1st DEO District Engineer Alvin Ignacio revealed.

So far, 34 projects have been bid as of early January 2024 while 40 projects are under preliminary detailed engineering.

Governor Ongchuan likewise acknowledged the province’s representation in Congress through the Office of Congressman Paul Daza, for facilitating national government support to infrastructure development in Northern Samar which will enhance connectivity and certainly contribute to building resiliency and the overall economic development of the province.

To recall, Governor Ongchuan, along with other provincial officials, has, in the past, appealed to DPWH top officials to include the province in the agency’s programming for infrastructure projects which he believes is key to poverty alleviation and continued progress of Northern Samar.