• Govt to spend P1.72B on road projects

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    The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has earmarked P1.72 billion for the maintenance and repair of roads across the country, as well as acquisition of road safety devices, indicating sustained government efforts to develop infrastructure.

    Between January and June of this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways will be givean a P705.7 million outlay that will cover all roadside maintenance activities along national roads.

    A further P314.5 million will support the preventive maintenance of national roads under the second phase of the National Roads Improvement and Management Project, it said.

    Both releases were charged against the Special Road Support Fund (SRSuF) under the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) Act.

    The budget agency also said P568.3 million, sourced from the Special Local Roads Fund under the MVUC Act, will be used to finance maintenance of various provincial and city roads across the country.

    “We often talk about how President Benigno Aquino’s administration is developing new infrastructure to spur the economy. What isn’t always discussed, however, is that the DPWH is doing continuous maintenance work to preserve the country’s existing structures,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said.

    He said roads and highways spanning across the country are essential in ensuring the country’s growth and productivity.

    The budget agency said P97.1 million will be used to implement the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP), while a further P38 million will cover the procurement of retroreflectometers, digital marking thickness gauges, and spray boxes for road signs and pavement markings.

    “It’s not just a question of pushing our infrastructure spending, [it’s] so we can look forward to greater economic growth,” Abad said.

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