The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be implementing 11 big-ticket infrastructure projects in Mindanao which involve building of 280 kilometers of bridges and roads from 2018 to 2023.
Financing for these projects will be sourced from the $380 million loan agreement on Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project signed on January 10 by Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao.
“The whole project costs P25.257 Billion. With the ADB loan, we can utilize more of our budget to other key infrastructure projects of the government,” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said.
DPWH said 3 core projects which include the 23.69-kilometer Alicia-Malangas Road; 17.1-kilometer Tampilisan-Sandayong Road; and 37.49-kilometer Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road with 440-lineal meter Guicam Bridge are for procurement on the first quarter of 2018
DPWH added that detailed engineering designs of five projects namely: the 55.25-kilometer R.T. Lim-Siocon Road; 40-kilometer Lanao-Pagadian-Ipil-Zamboanga Road and Curuan-Sibuco Road; 34.5-kilometer Siay-Gapol Road; and the 27.76-kilometer Gutalac-Baliguian Alternative Road, are now 80% completed.
Malassa-Lupa Pula; Tongsinah-Paniongan; and Nalil-Sikkiat bridges all in Tawi-Tawi are also included.