Mindanao infra to get P17.986-B next year

A GOVERNMENT report said two national government agencies are planning to spend P17.986 billion next year for the implementation of key infrastructure projects in Mindanao.

Based on the data of program jointly enforced by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the proposed budget is prescribed for theser projects, including roads, bridges and flood control projects.

The proposal, the data cited, increased from this year’s allocation of P17.745 billion.

For this year, MinDA Assistant Secretary Romeo M. Montenegro said yesterday in Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape in Abreeza Mall that there are 25 projects that are covered in the budget.

“These are part of our efforts to accelerate the approval of priority projects in Mindanao such as making available the roads to have faster movement of goods, commodities and people,” Montenegro said.

In South-central Mindanao, for instance, among the projects covered in the joint program of DPWH and MinDA are widening of Davao-Cotabato from four to six lanes in Davao-Digos section; widening of Digos-Makar section and expansion of Digos-Cotabato junction.

There also covered the establishment of bridges and flood control projects like in Davao River Basin.

Montenegro said these projects are vital to help spur the development in the island. Another key project is the Mindanao Railway System (MRS), which will be implemented by the Department of Transportation.

The first phase of MRS, he said, was recently approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board that would cover from Tagum City, Davao City and Digos City. The first phase will cost P35.26 billion.

The project, NEDA said in a statement, involves the establishment of 102.28-km. railway that would link those three cities in Davao Region. This is expected to be operational by 2020.

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