The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday disclosed that it is setting aside P63 billion for infrastructure projects that will help improve roads and boost tourism in Mindanao in southern Philippines.
In a phone interview on Tuesday, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the allocation accounts for 30 percent of the 2015 budget of the department.
According to him, the road improvement will boost connection among seaports and airports in Mindanao, especially in areas that were devastated by a short-lived rebel siege last year.
In his fifth the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said he had ordered Singson to reha–bilitate infrastructure ruined during the 2013 Zamboanga uprising led by a Muslim rebel group.
The President added that P3.5 billion of the P63 billion will be used for land acquisition.
Of the P3.5 billion, P2.57 billion had been released to the DPWH and the National Housing Authority.