Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that a total of 82 projects now under feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed engineering design, economic analysis, technical studies, and traffic impact assessment have received an allocation of P1.23 billion under the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
According to Villar, in Luzon alone, 33 proposed projects have received study funding. This includes the Samson Road to NLEX Connector Link Project under DPWH National Capital Region costing P36.9 million and the Alaminos-Lucap Bypass Road in Pangasinan costing P11 million for Region 1.
The Cordillera Administrative Region has received funding for seven projects costing P94.4 million which cover Mongol-Nalbu-Alimit-Nattum-Dulao Road and Boliwog-Abinuan-Alimit (Mayoyao) Road among others; four in Region 2 costing P37.5 million covering Baybayog Bypass Road and Quezon-Delfin Abano Road; four in Region 3 costing P60 million covering San Miguel-Cabanatuan Road and San Leonardo-San Antonio Bypass Road and Concepcion-Mabalacat Bypass Road among others; seven in Region 4-A costing P126.3 million which include the Batangas Grand Terminal Flyover, Cavite-Batangas Bypass Road, and Tanza-Nasugbu Road; four in Region 4-B costing P68.6 million covering Sablayan-Sta. Cruz Diversion Road and Lubang Island Circumferential Road; and five projects in Region 5 costing P47.1 million which include the Sipocot Bypass Road and Mabolo-Almeda Bypass Road among others.
In Visayas, DPWH allocated funding for studies of 19 projects which is composed of three in Region 6 costing P66.4 million covering Capiz-Aklan Coastal Road among others; six in Region 7 costing P106.2 million which covers Pamplona-Tanjay City-Bayawan City Road and Mambaling South Boulevard; and the 10 projects in Region 8 costing P108.9 million inclusive of Baybay-McArthur Road and Nabang-Gadgaran Diversion Road.
For Mindanao, 29 projects received appropriation including the four projects in Region 9 costing P71.4 million which cover Sirawai-Tungawan Diversion Road in Zamboanga del Norte and Putik-Campo Island Diversion Road in Zamboanga City; 11 projects in Region 10 costing P160.4 million covering Iligan City-Magsaysay Agri-Industrial Road and Dansolihan-Camp Kibaritan-Languindingan Road; four in Region 11 costing P51.5 million covering Panacan-Bunawan Flyover and Tagum City-Sto. Tomas Diversion Road; two in Region 12 costing P17.4 million inclusive of Bolebak-Pansud Alternate Road and Midsayap-Libungan Bypass Road; and eight in Region 13 which include the Libanga-San Miguel Road and NRJ Santiago-Cantilan Road among others.
The Poblacion Sta. Maria-Malungon Road, an inter-regional road connecting Davao del Sur to Sarangani has also received study funding in the amount of P17.4 million.
“On top of thousands of ongoing projects under DPWH, 82 new high-impact projects are being studied so we can further improve road networks across the country,” Villar said.
“Timely studies are crucial to successful project development as they lay the foundation for the implementation or civil works phase,” Villar added.