By Genalyn Kabiling
The government will spend P61.6 billion for the construction and maintenance of flood mitigation structures and drainage systems in the country next year.
The flood mitigation allocation is part of the P534.3-billion proposed budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways in 2020, President Duterte said in his budget message to Congress.
“Under the DPWH budget, we have set aside P61.6 billion for the construction and maintenance of flood mitigation structures and drainage systems,” the President said.
“Likewise, P19.5 billion is intended for the construction and rehabilitation of flood mitigation facilities within major river basins and principal rivers,” he added.
Duterte said the amount will be on top of the P1.2-billion budget intended to rehabilitate disaster-related infrastructure and other facilities.
The government recently submitted to Congress the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, that includes the huge allocation for sustained infrastructure development and social services.
The DPWH will get a higher budget next year, compared to the P464.6 billion this year’s cash appropriation.
To reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety, the President said the DPWH budget has P40.5 billion for the construction of new by-passes and diversion roads to, P21.9 billion for missing roadlinks; P3.4 billion for flyovers, interchanges and underpasses.
Around P16.9 billion would be used for preventive maintenance of roads, P10.7 billion for rehabilitation and upgrading of damaged paved national roads; P17.8 billion for rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads with slips, slope collapse and landslide; and P5.7 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of drainage along national roads.
The DPWH has also allocated P1.5 billion to build new bridges, P15.2 billion for bridge widening, P4.5 billion to retrofit and strengthen bridges, P3.8 billion to replace weak bridges, and P2.1 billion to rehabilitate and repair bridges.