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New farm-to-market road to benefit Zamboanga Sibugay farmers

Residents, mostly farmers of Barangay Basalem in the town of Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay are now utilizing a better, farm-to-market road (FMR) recently paved by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The newly-built FMR constructed in 90 days is now helping farmers who used to transport their agricultural products via a bumpy, unpaved road
“The completed Basalem Farm-to-Market Road greatly facilitated the speedy delivery of products, reducing travel time to 20 minutes from Barangay Basalem in the Municipality of Buug to the city center of Zamboanga Sibugay province.

The P12 million FMR project includes the concrete paving of 734.50 linear meter dusty and bumpy roads.

The FMR project was implemented by the DPWH Zamboanga Sibugay 1st District Engineering Office (DEO) under the convergence program with the Department of Agriculture (DA), which aims to amplify government’s program to reduce the transportation costs of farm outputs, minimize post-harvest losses, promote economic activities and develop trade and commerce.

416 ports completed nationwide

Since the beginning of the Duterte Administration in 2016, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) have completed 416 port projects across the country, while 104 are still ongoing, and 58 are in the pipeline.

This is our relentless effort in pursuing the ambitious “BUILD, BUILD, BUILD,” Infrastructure Program of the Duterte Administration, said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.

There is no stopping our momentum to work and deliver on our mandate to modernize our Maritime sector, even amid the seemingly insurmountable challenge of addressing a crippling pandemic, and despite facing several natural calamities, Tugaded added.

DPWH provides Kabankalan City
with 16-room quarantine facility

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recently completed and handed over a new P12.5-million isolation and quarantine facility to the city government of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental in support of the country’s ongoing fight against the Covid19 pandemic.


The newly-constructed healthcare facility is built in a 348-square meter lot in Kabankalan City Hospital located in Barangay Tabugon through the implementation of DPWH Negros Occidental 3rd District Engineering Office (DEO), backed by the DPWH Regional Office 6’s (DPWH-RO6) FY 2020 Special Purpose Fund.


The facility is composed of a 16-room (container van) building, furnished with individual air conditioning unit and comfort room for patients; a provision of separate quarters for male and female nurse with two double-deck beds, air conditioning unit, and comfort room; nurse station; utility room; generator/power transformer; and water tanks.


“This quarantine facility will serve as temporary shelter for the treatment of Covid19 related cases as well as provide shelter for Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) in Kabankalan City, who are returning to the city and nearby places, who need to undergo the mandatory quarantine protocol,” said DPWH-RO6 Director Lea N. Delfinado.

Southern Leyte flood control completed

Residents in the low-lying barangays of Macrohon, Southern Leyte are now less susceptible to flooding with the construction of a flood mitigation structure by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).


DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that DPWH Southern Leyte District Engineering Office has completed a 425-meter flood control project aimed to mitigate overflowing along Amparo River, directly benefiting Barangays Amparo and Mabini.


“With the completion of this project, the two barangays of Amparo and Mabini are now less vulnerable to flooding. These barangays have suffered extreme flooding during strong typhoons Ruping in 1990 and Basyang in 2010.


The newly-completed project involved the construction of stone masonry on steel sheet piles, funded by a total of P50-million.


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