TACLOBAN CITY – The 2nd Leyte Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways is set to implement millions-worth of infrastructure projects this year as specified under the current General Appropriations Act (GAA).
The district’s regular infrastructure projects to be implemented amounts to P660 million for 2014, of which, P245 million will be funded by the regional office, said district engineer Carlos Veloso.
Veloso said the bulk of the project goes to the continuation of the Burauen-Albuera road project amounting to P150 million, and road reblocking project in the mountainous highway in Capoocan along the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc road amounting to P95 million.
It can be recalled that the Burauen–Albuera road project will get P322 million this year. Of this amount, P172 million will be used to construct bridges while P150 million is needed to pave gravel roads and road opening activities this year.
The allotment for Burauen-Albuera Road is part of the P5.08 billion infrastructure development program for Eastern Visayas.
The road aims to connect Leyte’s second biggest town, Burauen, to Albuera in the western side of the province traversing rebel-infested villages.
The road project is projected to be finished by 2016, Veloso said.
Veloso said arterial road rehabilitation of the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc road remains as one of his top priority as this serves as a major road and affects much the economic activity in the area.
Other projects to be undertaken by the 2nd LED this year include road rehabilitation, road widening, flood control, bridge construction, bridge strengthening, widening of junctions, shouldering and drainage canals, shoulder paving in populated areas, and preventive maintenance.