By Liezle Basa Iñigo
ROSALES, Pangasinan – The limited supply of cement in the region is causing the delay in the completion of several infrastructure projects in the 5th and 6th districts of Pangasinan.
This was revealed by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Pangasinan 3 District Engineer Gerardo de Guzman as he expressed concern that only about 80 percent of the road and school building projects were completed by the end of the year. (2018)
De Guzman said the region’s cement manufacturer Northern Cement only produces 200,000 cement bags per day which is not enough to sustain the demand in the region and the nearby provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Zambales.
“At present, we are experiencing shortage of cement as we are under supply. We do not have enough to use in our projects. Rationing na lang ang nangyayari ngayon,” said de Guzman.
De Guzman admitted the shortage is preventing them in completing the projects in time.
“Around 74 percent of our projects this year are already near completion and 80 percent are expected to be accomplished by the end of the year,” added De Guzman.
DPWH Pangasinan 3 has earmarked P7 billion for road projects including the construction of school buildings in the 5th and 6th district with 18 municipalities and Urdaneta City in 2018.