By Betheena Unite
Three road projects in Mindanao under a P3-billion fund are now under way, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Thursday.
The road projects are under the “Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project” aimed to enhance economic development and peace and order situation in the island provinces of Mindanao, Public Works, and Highway Secretary Mark Villar said.
Under the projects, a total of 67.9 kilometers of road with 11 bridges, drainage, and slope protection components will be implemented in Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte.
One of the projects is the 23.73-kilometer PR-06, Alicia-Malangas Road, which will be constructed for P1.32 billion. Its construction will include eight bridges and slope protection along with flood prone areas and mountainous sections, among others.
A 29.10-kilometer road — PR-09, Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road — is also underway. A total of P989.16 million was allocated for the road, which covers the construction of the concrete road with slope protection, improvement of drainage, installation of road signage, and application of pavement markings.
Further, in Zamboanga del Norte, the construction of 15.07-kilometer PR-07, Tampilisan-Sandayong Road had already started. It will cost P623.26 million, covering road concreting, with three bridge component.
“If weather permits, we will be able to complete and open these vital road networks in Mindanao by 2021,” Villar said.
The secretary added that the construction of the road projects is funded by the Asian Development Bank.