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DPWH implements seven priority projects in Central Luzon

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Best known as the rice granary of the Philippines, Central Luzon or Region 3 is the nation’s gate way to the north.


With the mounting economic activities both in Central and Northern Luzon plus the ever-increasing number of tourists both local and foreign, there is a need to implement projects that will allow the expeditious movements of goods, services and people in the area.


With this in mind, the Department of Public Works and Highway for the past years has been implementing seven high impact multi-year locally funded projects in Central Luzon envisioned to provide easy access and shorter travel time from one province to another.


Under the stewardship of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, the DPWH in Region 3 headed by Director Roseller Tolentino is implementing the following seven priority projects:

  1. Capas Botolan Bypass Road

The 84.68 kms. traversing rolling terrains will connect Botolan, Zambales to Capas, Tarlac and will provide an access route to the New Clark City.
Of the 84.68 kms, 15.3kms are already existing while 69.38 kms is still under development.


Prior to this project, motorists going to Zambales from Tarlac or vice versa traverses the Pangasinan route via Dagupan Road or the Mc Arthur Highway and SCTEX spending more than four hours on the road before reaching their destination.


With funding from the national government, total funds released for the project amounted to P2.8 billion out of the needed P10.895 billion.
Started in 2013, the project is expected to be completed by 2024.


Once completed, travel time from more than four hours will be shorted to only one hour and 30 minutes.

  1. Ciudad De Victoria Interchange and Overpass Bridge in Bocaue, Bulacan

This project will serve as an alternate road to the heavily congested Gov. F. Halili Road (Bocaue-San Jose Road, tertiary) in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.


The 5.14 kms interchange project which include an overpass bridge is also seen as a long-term solution to alleviate traffic situation or queuing of vehicles along Bocaue Entry/Exit Toll of the North Luzon Expressways (NLEX).


Costing P900 million, travel time in the area will be cut by 20 minutes.
Started in 2018, this project is expected form completion by next year.

  1. Pulilan-Baliuag Diversion Road in Bulacan

This road will provide direct link and shorter route via east-west lateral alignment from Sta. Cruz, Zambales to Mangatarem, Pangasinan.


With a total length of 56.60 kilometer, the four –lane road project include the construction of bridges and slope protection works.


Without this project, motorists going to Mangatarem from Sta. Cruz and vice versa will have to navigate the Olongapo-Bugallon-Mangatarem Road for more than 2.5 hours.


This project will provide shorter route and reduce travel time to one hour and 20 minutes.


The government has already released P740 million out of the P2.092 billion total amounts required for the project.


Being implement by the Zambales 1st District Engineering Office, the project commenced in 2015 and scheduled for completion in 2025.

4. Bagac-Mariveles Diversion Road (Road Upgrading)

This project is being implemented in the amount of P1.450 billion will provide a direct route between two major growth centers of the province which is Bagac, a major tourist center and Mariveles which is a major industrial center.


The construction and improvement of the road will also provide an easy access to the two economically progressive export processing zones in Central Luzon – the Bataan Export Zone (BEZ) and the Subic Freeport Zone (SBFZ) via a backdoor line


Total length of the road section is 44.28 kilometers and travel time will be cut down from 120 minutes to 90 minutes


Started in 2013, expected completion of the project is next year.

5. Sta. Cruz – Mangatarem Diversion Road

This road will provide direct link and shorter route via east-west lateral alignment from Sta. Cruz, Zambales to Mangatarem, Pangasinan.
With a total length of 56.60 kilometer, the four –lane road project include the construction of bridges and slope protection works.


Without this project, motorists going to Mangatarem from Sta. Cruz and vice versa will have to navigate the Olongapo-Bugallon-Mangatarem Road for more than 2.5 hours.


This project will provide shorter route and reduce travel time to one hour and 20 minutes.


The government has already released P740 million out of the P2.092 billion total amounts required for the project.


Being implement by the Zambales 1st District Engineering Office, the project commenced in 2015 and scheduled for completion in 2025.

6. Angeles-Magalang Bypass Road

Started in 2019, the P245.4 million road project is designed as an alternative route for motorists coming from Angeles City to Magalang and vice versa. The bypass road has a total length of 2.605 km.


Being implemented by the Pampanga 3rd District Engineering Office, the road project will decongest traffic in the area and reduce travel time by 15 to 20 minutes.


Completion date is set by next year.

7. San Jose-Palauig Diversion Road

As the name suggest, the project will serve as a diversion road leading to Zambales.


Travel time from Tarlac to Zambales and vice versa will be shorten by 60 to 90 minutes compared to traversing the Pangasinan route (north route) which will take about four hours or the Pampanga-Bataan route (south route) which will take more than three hours.


The project will pass through tourist destinations particularly the Tarlac Ecotourism Destination area which has a higher elevation than Baguio City, promoting the natural settings of the province.


Highlight of the project is the observance and monitoring of Natural habitat and forest land within the vicinity of the project site when the diversion road will be completely constructed.


This project which started in 2018 and schedule for completion in 2022 is being implemented by the Tarlac 1st District Engineering Office in the amount of P2.336 billion.

Government partners in nation building:
• I.M CONSTRUCTION COPORATION
• L.R. TIQUI BUILDERS, INC.
• JAGONBUILD CONSTRUCTION CORP.
• ROTAFLEX CONST. & DEVT. CORP.
• FLORDES CONST. AND TRADING CORP.
• AYLAN CONSTRUCTION AND TRADING


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