LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: In addition to the regular program of Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH), the government also plans to spend P300 million for tourism infrastructure projects here.
During the project briefing, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said this budget will be allocated for the upgrading of roads going to some tourist destinations in this province.
Singson reported to President Benigno Aquino 3rd the overview of Pangasinan, one of the largest provinces in the country with the longest stretch of national road.
“So Mr. President, we’re happy to report that we are pretty good in terms of road network in Pangasinan,” he said
Singson said that there are 628 kilometers road networks in Pangasinan and all these national roads were already paved.
However, he said that out of the 628, 11 percent, or 71 kilometers is in bad condition, and 26 percent in poor condition.
“So what we’re doing, moving forward, is focused on upgrading the quality and safety of our national road,” he said.
“We just want to recover our road right of way. So we are asking our district engineers to coordinate with the LGUs to acquire additional right of way so that we can widen the roads,” he added.
“Now, for 2012, we allocated P1.37 billion in Pangasinan,” he said, noting that it increased in 2013 to P2 billion to upgrade all bridges and national roads all over the province.
Some of the major projects in Pangasinan, Singson said, are the Pangasinan-La Union inter-provincial, Pangasinan-Zambales Road, and the Pangasinan-Tarlac.
“Out of the 2012 budget, we realize savings of about 41 million, but we see that it will increase if there are barriers from the allocation or GAA of about P80 million,” he added.
Catherine S. Valente