93% of PH village roads still unpaved–WEF report

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MANILA, Philippines–More than 93 percent of barangay (village) roads nationwide and nearly 69 percent and 66 percent, respectively, of provincial and national roads remain unpaved.

Despite this, the latest Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has noted a slight improvement in the quality of Philippine roads.

On a scale of 1 to 7–with 1 being extremely underdeveloped and 7 extensive and efficient by global standard–the country scored a 3.4 for its roads in the 2012-13 period, a 0.3 increase over the 3.1 in 2011-12. The road network received a score of 2.8 in 2010-11.

Of 144 countries, the Philippines ranked 87th (from 113th during the previous WEF survey) for the overall state of its public infrastructure.

Other countries in the region garnered the following scores on the quality of their roads: Vietnam, 2.6 in 2011-12 to 2.7 in 2012-13; Malaysia, 5.7 to 5.4; Thailand, 5 to 5, and Indonesia, 3.5 to 3.4, all for the same periods.

The Department of Public Works and Highways has acknowledged that the Philippines lags behind many of its neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in terms of quality of infrastructure and, in particular, the quality of its roads.

The country, the DPWH pointed out, was “still behind, except for Vietnam, which may not be for long due to the heavy investments in infrastructure going on in that country.”

In a report on the Philippine Road Network, a copy of which was furnished the INQUIRER, the DPWH disclosed that 25,443 km, or 80.52 percent of the 31,597.68 kilometers of national roads have been paved.

However, only 9,775 km of 31,233.23 km in provincial roads, 5,394 km of 15,816 km in municipal roads and 8,020 km of 121,702 km in barangay roads have been upgraded by the agency.

But with a four-year road improvement budget of over P124.6 billion, Public Works Rogelio Singson has expressed confidence the country’s ranking would improve before the end of President Aquino’s term in June 2016.

Between 2010 and 2012, the agency spent nearly P50 billion for the paving of national arterial and secondary roads all over the country.

In January, Singson asked DPWH engineers and other agency field personnel not to lose sight of their “target outcomes for the period 2012 to 2016.”

This year, the department “will continue to pursue the full pavement of national arterial roads and secondary roads by 2014 and 2016, respectively,” he said.

The DPWH “will also focus on the upgrading of bridges into permanent structures by 2016.”

Of the agency’s 2013 infrastructure budget of over P106.5 billion, Singson assured the DPWH “will be well-positioned to pursue and achieve these goals.”

For the third year in a row, strife-torn Mindanao will get the biggest slice of the department’s infrastructure budget pie with an allocation of P27.6 billion. On the other hand, the other regions will get the following funding: Northern Luzon, P24 billion; Southern Luzon, P20.4 billion; the Visayas, P19.4 billion; and Metro Manila, P14.6 billion.

The DPWH plans to utilize its savings of over P12 billion, which resulted from the conduct of transparent and competitive bidding of projects, on additional infrastructure projects, including the upgrading of roads and bridges.

Singson called the improvement of the quality and safety of the national road infrastructure “one of the DPWH priorities.”

“An indicative estimate of the national road network asset, which provides the connectivity to all Filipinos for their economic and social activities, is valued at P1.2 trillion. As such, the President has directed the DPWH to ensure that the quality and safety of the national road network are upgraded and maintained properly,” he said.

Singson added that “budgetary support until 2016 has been intended to achieve the DPWH’s key targets.”

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  • Marx Louis Wang

    Of course many of our baranggay roads are still underdeveloped. Why not make a survey on the houses of the elected politicians of these baranggays? Maybe 93% are developed. LOL!

  • pipsirho

     “More than 93 percent of barangay (village) roads nationwide and nearly
    69 percent and 66 percent, respectively, of provincial and national
    roads remain unpaved.”

    But 100% (ONE HUNDRED PERCENT) of POLITICIANS’ POCKETS are PAVED or LINED with KICKBACKS from designated PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTORS!!!

  • paulmart

    I fully agree with this. Indeed the condition of the PH village roads is in horrible and pitiful condition. In my town the village roads connecting to the provincial roads are only paved with limestone rocks. This condition remains for 40 years since my birth. How many administration and how many Presidents and Governors have been in position, yet the condition is still the same. Every election period the politicians would simply dump and pave the road with limestone sand and compact the road. Obviously the money is coming from pork barrel or barangay road funds. Ito lang talaga ang kaya sa utak ng mga namumuno. They could not think of doing it better. Obviously kinurakot ang malaking bahagi ng budget para nito.

  • malek_abdul

    Billions of pesos are allocated for roads and bridges to nowhere annually by the government. If these funds were not embezzled perhaps 100% of all barangay, municipal, provincial and national roads have been paved and cemented. Sa dami ng perang iniluluwal taon-taon siguro pati mga palayan at mga bundok isama mo pa ang mga ilog ay sementado na. Sayang nga lang at ang mga perang nakalaan sa pagpagawa ng kalsada at tulay ay napunta lang sa bulsa ng mga kurakot na mga pulitiko at opisyales ng gobyerno.

    Annual Pork barrel for senatongs = 4.8 billion pesos
    Annual Pork barrel for tongressmen = 18.9 billion pesos

    If only even 50% of these pork barrels are used for road construction since the restoration of democracy perhaps the Philippines is now an industrialized first world country.

  • $5699914

    One of the reasons why pork barrels of politicians be scrapped for good. NOW.

  • Taiko_Kauna

    come to San Pedro, just a few kilometers from Manila; how on earth can it become a city when most of the roads are so bad!

  • Atawid

    Can anyone have knowledge of a true and legitimate “Contact Us” web page of DPWH. I emailed them thru their website regarding the substandard asphalt laying and reblocking of roads here in Antipolo but nobody from DPWH not even from Sec Singson’s email. I also asked Inquirer’s help by sending email thru Their “Contact Us” web but it seems nobody from Inquirer also bothered to open their emails.

    A lot of road repair anomalies are very evident which I would like DPWH to take notice but how can these complaints can be acted upon when they will not open their emails.

    • benjpal

       I think it you can get better help from radio reporters. Like Noli De Castro, etc. I once heard them call government agencies because of a text complaint. I don’t know the number though.

      • Atawid

        Thanks for the help. Just wondering why these government offices put up “Contact Us” facilities when in reality these are non existent. A case of “window dressing”?

  • Crazy_horse101010

    they built new roads in the mountains here about 5 years ago now they are all destroyed because of veggie trucks and coal trucks you can barely get a four wheel drive over them. the only thing that survives is  these  mushroom shaped cement  signs with arroyos bronze picture on them.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Paano magkakaroon ng Daang Matuwid, puro unpaved roads pa. PNoy gising!

    • Observer_din

      gising? di ba nagi-improve naman? from 2.8 noong 2010-2011, ngayon 3.4 na? wag na nating isisi sa nakaraang almost 10 years ni Gloria,wag na nating itanong kung saan napunta ang pondo noong panahon nya,kasi kita naman natin ang-ganda ng “pagkakayari” sa MACAPAL ave. pero bakit 2.8 lang ang grado noong 2010 di ba hati sila ni PNOY doon? hehehee

  • Guest

    Mr. Singson, I passed by the recently constructed Congressional Avenue Extension. Previously, the said extension was well-paved in concrete. This time around, some guys in orange trucks with DPWH sign were laying asphalt on top of concrete roads in perfect condition. Ang masama pa, they only covered a portion of the lane going to Luzon Avenue, rendering the surface uneven for those without asphalt. The asphalt overlay, curiously, only covered a certain section of the entire stretch of Congressional extension which creates another bump down upon reaching the section untouched by asphalt.

    Bakit po nagkaganun? Of all places, that stretch does not need asphalt. Maayos pa po. Bakit may katiwalian na naman sa DPWH? Mr. Singson, idilat nyo po ang mga mata nyo.

    • Observer_din

      mejo pangit nga ang pagkaka-aspalto kaso hindi smooth ang takbo ng sasakyan kagaya ng ibang kalsadang bagong aspalto. araw-araw ako nadadaan sa lugar na yan.

  • speedstream2

    While this finding does not exactly come as a surprise, it’s still a shocker and should be a wake-up call, particularly in prioritization with regard to the use of taxpayers’ money. While billions are lost to graft and corruption, not to mention huge amounts of taxpayers’ money going to the so-called pork barrel, there’s a yearly scramble for money needed to respond to, among others, the major concerns involving education, health and agriculture, plus much-needed job generation. It can’t be business as usual if our country is to make truly significant, meaningful and lasting national progress.

  • shane oy

    naku ito pa isa lam nyo ba 15 yrs na ko hindi umuwi ng probinsya pero hanggang ngaun baku baku pa rin ang kalsada omg! walang pagbabago.

    kapag umuulan e lulubog sa putik ang jeep. 

    while the pork barrel of our senators ay napupunta lang sa bogus na NGO at si senador ay nagtangatangahan at sakit sakitan. 

    if only words could kill.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    93% of PH village roads still unpaved–WEF report
    :
    KINUKURAKPOT kasi ang budget.
    Kailangan may kickback ang mayor, governor at military.
    Pagkatapos ay wala nang matira para sa pagpapagawa.
    Of course, kasabwat ang CONTRACTOR.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Ask the legislators where they spent their billions of pork barrels.

  • JasonBieber

    What’s PNoy’s excuse for this? Did he lose a letter that would have helped pave the roads?

    Or will he blame GMA for the roads not being paved? Or what is it this time? 93% of the roads not being paved in the country is like not having any roads paved. What has the PNoy Administration been doing since 2010. Oh that’s right…they’ve been chasing and attacking the previous Administration all while forgetting that the Philippines actually has real problems.

    • Observer_din

      di mo ba nabasa? tumaas ng .3
      2010-2011 2.8 lang,saka tingnan mo din yung ibang bansa gaya ng indonesia halos pareho lang natin.
      nabanggit mo na din yung previous admin, 2.8 noong 2010-2011 hindi ba part din doon yung admin ni Gloria?

      • JasonBieber

        Just read the title then read the article and survey.

        93% of PH village roads still unpaved!

        That means work that needs to get done are not being done.

      • Observer_din

        I read the title and the article itself, you are right but the thing is, those project were not under national government kasi mga baranggay ang sinasabi na 93 %, what i’m trying to say in my comment above is that no president should be blamed for this since it’s LGUs job. that’s my point :)

      • JasonBieber

        LGU’s at the end of the day, who are located in the Philippines, are considered under the President.

        If PNoy can interfere with the local government, like in Cebu, then he should also be part of the blame for the 93% unpaved roads.

      • Observer_din

        common, PNOY to be blamed for 93% unpaved roads? eh pano na si si Erap, si Ramos si Cory lalo na sina Marcos and Gloria? eh mas matagal ata nakapuwesto yung huling 2? :)

  • bogli_anakdami

    it’s not true… di totoo yan… anader lay…

    i don’t know what y’all talking about…

    here in my village/barangay (millionaire’s  row), the roads are paved in gold…

    AND NO SQUATS/PULUBIS PLOWING THE STREET….

    bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha….

    hay naku, flips, puro kayo mga gung gongs…

    yun lang…

  • boybakal

    Don’t worry….There are trillion worth of DPWH infrastructure projects till 2016.
    The sad part is…it is plan.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    remove pork barrel. make more roads. use decent chinese contractors.u have those roads with quality. filipinos… kaya din yun pero daming nangongotong sa gobyerno at nagaaya uminom at mang babae kaysa gawin ang trabaho.

  • kontra_boohaya

    Magandang report to para sa mga nakaupong boo haya gaya nina Mr. Por Siento!

  • Loopie

    this is one of the biggest reason why our food in PH is expensive.

    logistics and infrastructure definitely needs a lot of improvement.

    education is given and it is always #1 on the list.

  • buttones

    Quite an amazing statistic, and when you look around particularly in urban areas few can dispute them. It seems that from our final independence in 1946 when we finally walked alone, successive governments have not prioritized this issue of basic communication for industry and commerce- was there ever a ‘central plan’ or have we just stumbled from one administration to the next? We are now promised more roads- good- but it is inevitable this is going to take an awfully long time to arrive at the doors of most of us. If it is the case that 93% of barangay roads remain unpaved after 67 years, that means in those 67 years we have managed to pave 7% of them which essentially means , at that sort of rate it is going to take 957 years to get to a magic 100% or maybe 400 years to a 50%, -[is my math correct?] assuming we grow at the same rate as we have in the last 67 years. By which time, even Mr Enrile will be feeling his age….To perform this sort of miracle in say 50 years, we clearly have to get our hands on the trillions of dollars that they say is lying within our EEZ- how’s that going by the way?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

     Kung walang kurap walang mahirap. tatlong taon na si Noy(AB) sa palasyo pero hindi niya nakikita ang kurapsion sa pork barrel. gising ka na ! tanggalin mo na ang pork barrel. kung hindi ay inutil ang iyong pamamahala.

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