DPWH earmarks P55.5 B for tourism infra projects

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MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways plans to spend P55.5 billion in the next four years on infrastructure projects in support of the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.

This year, the DPWH has allocated P11.95 billion for the DPWH-DOT “tourism infrastructure” program, where the DPWH is tasked to provide access roads to DOT-identified tourist destinations nationwide, as well as repair existing national or local roads leading to tourist spots.

In 2014, the project will get a total funding of P13.15 billion, then P14.4 billion the following year and P15.9 billion in 2016.

The DPWH said in a report that it spent  P1.39 billion and P7.92 billion on the program in 2011 and 2012.

This year, Luzon was allocated a total of P5.64 billion while the Visayas and Mindanao would get P2.38 billion and P3.83 billion, respectively.

In Luzon, the allocations for the following regions are as follows: Cordillera Administrative Region, P1.01 billion; Region 1, P530 million; Region 2, P242 million; Region 3, P600 million; Region 4-A, P1 billion; Region 4-B, P1 billion; and Region 5, P1.25 billion.

In the Visayas, Region 6 will get P1.05 billion while Regions 7 and 8 have allocations of P696 million and P632 million.

In Mindanao, funding for Regions 9 to 13 is P394 million, P781 million, P1.49 billion, P407 million, and P752 million, respectively.

The latest Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum said more than 93 percent of barangay roads nationwide, as well as nearly 69 percent and 66 percent of provincial and national roads, respectively, were still unpaved.

But despite these unfavorable road conditions, the WEF noted a slight improvement in the quality of roads in the Philippines.

On a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being extremely underdeveloped and 7 extensive and efficient by global standards,  roads in the country scored 3.4 in the 2012-2013 period, a 0.3 increase from 3.1 in 2011-2012. Philippine roads scored 2.8 in 2010-2011.

The DPWH acknowledged that the country was lagging behind many of its neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in terms of quality of infrastructure and, in particular, the quality of roads.

But with a four-year road improvement budget of over P106 billion, 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 pavement 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.”

Singson said the improvement of the quality and safety of the national road infrastructure was “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.

The DPWH head added, “budgetary support until 2016 is intended to achieve the DPWH’s key targets.”

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  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    region 2 242 lang? malaki lang ng konti sa pork barrel ni enrile

  • tarikan

    I have a dream! I dream of driving my car from Manila all the way to the tip of southern Luzon and to the tip of northern Luzon in a 4-lane freeway. I won’t have to suffer a stiff neck on craning my neck against the opposite traffic hoping against hope to overtake the slow moving trailer-truck or the ubiquitous tricycle. I also won’t have to suffer an heart attack because some animals (carabaos/cows) are crossing the road or left to pasture right at the edge of the road. Imagine if this were so in my lifetime? Right PNoy? Not in my lifetime says god.

    • http://twitter.com/bigg_dawg big dawg

      we share the same dream amigo. maganda rin kung may kasabay na riles hanggang norte.

      • Winzum Daoas

        yes that would be great. There was one in the time of the Americans at the beginning of the 20th century. The Philippine governments that succeeded just did not maintain them until they just fell into utter disrepair.

  • batoph

    One can only hope that the much touted Nasugbu-Ternate Tourism Infrastructure Road is included!

    The project was commenced as a PRIORITY PROJECT in 1987 by the current President’s mother!

    Rumor hath it that it is about to be privatized via MVP & Associates.

  • elimsqui

    will you please help tagbilaran city, bohol…

    • legislex

      The roads in Tagbilaran City are city roads. Their repair and maintenance are the responsibilities of the city government and its congressman. You should therefore blame your mayor or your congressman for its bad state.

  • JasonBieber

    Really? The government has all that money? That’s what we all thought, especially finding out that each Senator gets P200M for personal use.

    Why is it then that some Senators on Team PNoy keep complaining of lack of funds in the government?

    • Winzum Daoas

      if you consider the size of the area those funds are gonna cover, it is still insufficient. If you assume that the roads are of decent quality, that amount is still small, even if you compare it to just our neighbors in SEA.

      • JasonBieber

        No matter how you slice it, projects to improve infra have stalled under the PNoy administration. Instead getting things moving and continuing the infra gains initiated by the previous Administration, this current one seems to just slowing things down.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    At earmarking stage a humongous publicity is being staged.
    What is wrong with this administration. The retard president has already consumed 3 years but still at EARMARKING stage.
    Hahahahahaha! Mabagal…napakabagal…

  • Anqui

    We visited the Philippines last December for the Holidays, and went to Ilocos by bus where it traveled on a new Free Way from Pampanga to Conception, Tarlac. The conductor of the bus told me it is an extension of the free way from Subic, Zambales. I am impressed… I thought we were home in the U.S. on the interstate highway. I wish it would go all the way to Lawag, Ilocos Norte.

  • kentjohn

    hala ugom dri ugom didto..sa twid na daan

  • frudo

    siguraduhin nyo lang na walang tongpats yan ha at baka bumukol

  • disqusted0fu

    It’s only more fun in the Philippines for Pnoy and his KKKs. The P55.5B peso budget of the DPWH only means that they have P55.5B to work around with and balance the ones that would go to the projects and the ones that would go straight to their pockets.

  • boybakal

    DPWH earmarks P55.5 B for tourism infra projects….

    This is very wrong project.
    Spending too much in tourism, revenue will be just even.
    Tourists will come if there is something to see even if the roads are pot holes.
    The more they like the bumpy road.

    Enough of tourism….pampadagdag tao.

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