The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) listed three projects implemented in Bohol, mostly roads, worth P366 million, reports said last week.
The infrastructure projects were roads leading to resorts and other tourism destinations in the province.
Reports quoted DPWH-7’s Engr. Joselito Sayson is saying P225 million was spent for Anoyon-Omjon Road in Valencia, P138 million for Getafe Road and P90 million for other roads leading to tourism destinations in Candijay town.
DPWH-7 officials said the road upgrades to tourism sites would boost the potentials of the tourism in the areas.
The infrastructure windfall is part of the over P1 billion spent by the DPWH in Central Visayas.
In Cebu, about P138 million for F.E. Zuellig Ave. in Mandaue City, P91 million for a flood-control structure at Cansaga Creek in Mandaue City, P84 million for the Santander-Barili-Toledo Road, P131 million for the Cebu North Hagnaya Wharf Road; and P89 million for the Bogo-Medellin-Daanbantayan Road.
Sayson said that P104 million was allocated for the Larena Road leading to the roll-on-roll-off port in Siquijor and P111 million for the Siquijor Circumferential Road.
The DPWH is going to be bullish on Bohol this year as no less than Sec. Mark Villar announcing P4 billion worth of infrastructure projects will be implemented here.
Villar, who spoke with reporters on the sidelines of the recent Garcia Day, said the national government is going to put more effort in the access road networks going to and from the airport.
He said having a new airport will not be sufficient to the passengers without key roads going to places within Panglao Island or to Tagbilaran.
At the same time, he said the DPWH would also help in the construction of the iconic bridge which is one of the access bridges to Panglao Island from Tagbilaran.
The iconic bridge is going to be built near the site of the old city hall and will connect the mainland to Panglao Island. There are two other existing access bridges namely the causeway and the Borja Bridge which is located at Bool Junction.
IMPORTANCE OF ROADS
Before the year ended, the provincial government came up with an innovative solution, which involved the development plan for local roads.
While DPWH is in charge of the national roads, the province is taking the cudgels to have a development plan for local roads.
Called the Local Road Network Development Plan (LRNDP), it provides a long-term basis for prioritizing and funding local core road projects.
The Provincial Development Council (PDC) chaired by Chatto adopted and approved the unprecedented roadmap during its year-capping full-body meeting last December.
“Good planning is always an incentive to sustainable development. Credits are shared to all because we work together,” the governor said.
The PDC endorsed the LRNDP to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, which is led by Acting Vice Gov. Venzencio Arcamo.
Bohol has an existing network development plan for provincial roads, but the LRNDP this time already includes the local core roads listed and submitted by the city and municipal engineers.
Development planners have considered being among Chatto’s legacies the continuing aggressive improvement and concreting of essential, major roads in the province’s vast interior.
The LRNDP is a ready guide to prioritizing local road projects for new funds and implementation under the different road financing programs of the government.
Provincial Planning and Development Officer John Titus Vistal said that as a tool for project prioritization, the LRNDP is an investment plan on which internal and external fund sourcing and allocating are based.
External sources include the national Conditional Matching Grant Program (CMGP); Road Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Road Convergence Program between the Department of Tourism (DOT) and DPWH; and Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).
There had not been a regular annual national allocation in billions to counterpart with the provinces for local roads until the formulation of the KALSADA.
Chatto was then designated by the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) to head the technical working group crafting the KALSADA.
The program was adopted, approved and budgeted by the national government during the time of then Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III.
The project has since been sustained and carried on, although under a new name–CMGP, by the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
Provincial Engr. Gabino Redulla said the LRNDP further capacitates Bohol province in meeting the conditions of the CMGP.
Vistal cited Chatto’s “texting superpower” in successfully lobbying with the DTI for the inclusion and funding of some important road works through the agency’s ROLL IT.
Also benefiting not just provincial but other local roads like the city and municipal roads, the DOT-DPWH convergence is provided for under Republic Act 9593 or the National Tourism Act of 2009.
The law, considered as the bible of Philippine tourism, was principally authored in the House of Representatives while he was First District congressman.
Again in partnership with the provincial government, the PRDP has been implemented by the Department of Agriculture with major assistance from the World Bank.
National and Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) agencies want to be sure that the aids to road projects should be part of the overall development agenda of the province.
On this concern, Bohol would be a model pilot area, Vistal said.
The CMGP is formerly the KALSADA, a yearly national fund counterparting scheme for provincial road development in the country widely credited to the brainchild of Chatto. (DSA with reports from Sun.Star and Effective Development Communication Unit-Capitol)