By Betheena Kae Unite
Infrastructure projects worth over P2 billion were delivered in Bulacan last year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
Bulacan Second District Engineering Office reported the completion of P2.093-billion road works such as national roads, bridges, flood control structures, and other infrastructure projects in 2017.
District Engineer Ramiro Cruz said the DPWH completed several projects in San Jose Del Monte City and the towns of Angat, San Rafael, San Ildefonso, San Miguel, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Norzagaray, Sta. Maria, Marilao, Meycauayan, and Obando.
The projects involve the completion of 19.59 kilometers of national roads, 88 lineal meters of bridges, 31 flood control structures, and 105 other infrastructure projects.
“We have built roads and bridges that reduced travel time and improve road quality and safety, and constructed dikes, seawalls, river control, revetment and drainage canals that will protect lives and properties from effect of natural disasters,” Cruz said.
Under the 2017 Regular Infrastructure Program, 88 units of school buildings consisting of 755 classrooms — amounting P1.297 billion under the Department of Education’s Basic Education Facilities Fund — were finished.
The construction of 12.24 kilometers of farm-to-market roads worth P105 million under the Department of Agriculture’s budget was also achieved.
The improvement of the 41 kilometers Eastern Bulacan Road that links the municipalities of Dona Remedios Trinidad, San Rafael, San Ildefonso and San Miguel, was among the priority projects in 2017.
The paved mountain road shaded by trees offer a great scenery that will be a catalyst to the much desired economic progress, Cruz said.
This road network, Cruz further said, will make the next investment and tourism destination in the Province of Bulacan open-up the countryside to development.
Accessible to National Capital Region or Metro Manila and bounded by provinces of Aurora and Quezon on the east, Nueva Ecija on the North, Pampanga on west, Rizal on the southeast, the strategic location of Bulacan opens the province as an expansion area for industries and rapid urbanization is attracting investment and economic activities, the district engineer added.