The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to implement P2.3-billion worth of projects in Cagayan de Oro City under the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the agency said on Wednesday.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the amount will be used to fund a total of 66 infrastructure projects in the city, to be implemented by the DPWH Regional Office and two District Engineering Offices (DEOs) based in Cagayan de Oro City.
The 2015 budget allocation includes 24 road concreting and rehabilitation projects; 14 building projects; eight flood control and drainage projects; six road widening projects; four improvement of off-carriageway projects; four bridge projects; two coastal road projects; one diversion road project; and one bypass road project.
Flood control prioritized
“Learning from Typhoon Sendong in 2011, our priority in Cagayan de Oro City is the construction and maintenance of flood mitigation structures and drainage systems,” Singson said.
DPWH has allotted P772 million for flood control projects in the city, which covers two Cagayan de Oro City River Basin Flood Control Projects worth 400 million; three Iponan Flood Control Projects worth P300 million; two upgrading projects of Bigaan Creek worth P70 million; and construction of drainage system at Tejero St., in Barangay Patag costing P2 million.
Singson said the projects will at least mitigate if not completely prevent flooding in Cagayan de Oro City, protecting the people from any overflow of rivers and creeks, especially during the typhoon season.
Besides flood control projects, other major projects allocated to Cagayan de Oro City include the P300 million completion of Cagayan de Oro Convention Center; P118 million widening of the Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro City-Iligan City Road and the P68 million construction of Sapang Bridge along the Kauswagan section of the Butuan-Cagayan De Oro-Iligan Road.