CATARMAN, Northern Samar—The government’s commitment to improving infrastructure in the country continues as a significant budget of P2.74 billion has been allocated for the development of Northern Samar’s 1st District Engineering Office (DEO) this year.

The FY 2024 Infrastructure Program of Northern Samar First DEO encompasses 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, comprising a total of 77 projects, as outlined in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

District Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio revealed that the major projects with the largest budget allocation for this year include the construction of the San Isidro-Lope De Vega Road which has an allocation of P100 million.

Additionally, an amount of P85 million has been allocated for the preventive maintenance along Catarman-Calbayog Road.

He further emphasized the priority given to infrastructure projects severely affected by the recent shear line that hit the province, particularly in the first district of Northern Samar.
“The district office will give priority to those infrastructure projects that caused disruption to the traveling public. We have already sent a request for Quick Response Funds (QRF) to the Central office,” he stated.

As of January 5, 2024, the district had already bid out 34 projects. Three projects are scheduled for bidding on January 23, and the remaining 40 projects are under preliminary detailed engineering.

The district office is committed to efficiently utilize allocated funds to improve infrastructure development, enhance connectivity, and contribute to the overall economic development of Northern Samar.