• P363-million infra projects up in ARMM

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    COTABATO CITY: The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday announced that nine projects worth P363 million will be completed next year in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

    DPWH Regional Secretary Emil Sadain said four firms won the biddings for the nine projects with a total value of P363 million. The contracts were signed by Gov. Mujiv Hataman of ARMM on November 26.

    FFJJ Construction was awarded three projects—P38.7 million for the concrete re-blocking of segments of Marbel-Ala-Cotabato and Cotabato-Lanao/Davao highways, P62.1 million for concreting portion of Paglas-Columbio (Maguindanao-Sultan Kudarat) road and P58.2 million for concreting of Maslabeng road in Buluan, Maguindanao.

    ESR Construction and Supplies got two projects amounting to P87.3 million—the construction of road in Basilan from Bato-Bato Port-Al-Barka-Haili Ginata-Magkawa [Phase I] and construction of port along Bato-Bato.

    ASAP General Trading Construction and Maintenance will handle two projects—worth P53.4 million—for the construction of water system level III in Sumisip, Basilan and the concreting of 1 kilometer Bitayan-Basak portion segment [Phase III] of portion Sumisip, Basilan circumferential road.

    ASAP General Trading Construction and Maintenance also won a P38.8 million project for the pavement of 1.2 kilometer circumferential road from Bitayan-Basak, Sumisip, Basilan and construction of Buli-Buli Port also in Basilan.

    RAIN Construction Enterprises and Apple Construction will jointly undertake a P24.3 million deal covering the building of steel bridges along the coastal roads of Buli-Buli-Tekos, Basak-Babag, and on a barangay road, all in Sumisip Basilan, as well as the construction of Tinusa Port in Sumisip, Basilan and Sullo Port, Tabuan, Lasa, Basilan.

    DPWH office said that among the five provinces of the autonomous region, Lanao del Sur has been acknowledged for its prompt completion of road projects.

    DPWH-ARMM has entered into a series of contract signing to different contractors for the major projects around the ARMM. The series of contract signing is meant to fast-track the implementation of projects in the autonomous region, Engr. Sadain said.

    Because of the trailblazing achievements of the DPWH-ARMM in the last two years, the P1-billion annual capital outlay of the autonomous region has been increased to P5.2 billion for 2014, an unprecedented leap in the region’s history, budget and fiscal officials of the agency said.

    In the second half of 2012 and first semester of this year, DPWH has posted close to P200-million savings in fiscal operations, notably in road maintenance and bidding processes.

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