NAVAL, Biliran-The Department of Public Works and Highways – Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO) will be implementing a total of P1.584 billion for the fiscal year 2018 Infrastructure Program based on the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for this year.
According to Engr. David P. Adongay Jr., district engineer, it is the first time that the district passed the one billion mark of infrastructure funds as the result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build and Build” mantra.
DPWH- BDEO’s lined up projects for the FY 2018 comprises of 57 projects, five of which are to be implemented by the Regional Office and 52 by the District Office.
Engr. Rosario B. Rosete, chief of the Planning and Design Section, revealed that the major projects with the biggest allotted budget are under Asset Preservation Program which has an appropriated budget of P409.166 million.
These include P75 million asphalt overlays; P14.166 million rehabilitation/ reconstruction from paved to concrete road; P190 million construction of road slope protection structure and P130 million construction of drainage structure along the road.
A total of P390.609 million was also appropriated under the Network Development Program with P300 million allocated for the road widening project and P90.609 million for the construction of a diversion road.
Furthermore, P34million was allocated under the Bridge Program with P10 million appropriation budget for the rehabilitation/ major repair of permanent bridges and P24 million for the widening of a bridge.
About P371.477 million was allocated for the construction of flood mitigation structure under the flood management program.
Under the Convergence and Special Support Program, DPWH-BDEO will implement construction of concrete road projects under the Department of Tourism (DOT) amounting to P175 million and under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) amounting to P133.972 million with a total appropriation amount of P308.972 million.
DPWH-BDEO will also implement a total of P70 million appropriation amount for the Local Infrastructure Program.
According to Engr. Rosete, out of the district’s 52 lined-up projects, 42 projects were already bid out, two are advertised and preliminary and detailed engineering activities for the 8 projects are still on-going as of December 2017.
The Planning and Design Section of the district is exerting its utmost effort to bid out all these projects within the timelines set by the Department. (CHELSEA QUIJANO-SALLOMAN/PR)