Improvements of major thoroughfares are essential to the region’s development

Continuous improvement and preservation of major thoroughfares in the region will lead to better access and movement of goods and services and other economic activities in the region.  Better roads will lower the cost of transporting goods and agricultural produce. It will likewise provide convenience to commuting public as it reduces fares and travel time due to smoother traffic flows.

Year by year, several road construction, rehabilitation and road repairs are programmed and implemented under the Regular Infrastructure Program of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

In Region 02, widening of national roads and rehabilitation and upgrading of national and secondary roads are among the priority programs/projects undertaken during the year. The Regional Development Council-Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) continuously monitors the implementation status of these projects in coordination with the district offices of the DPWH.

Based on reports submitted by DPWH, several projects are experiencing delays in the implementation against its target. Two on-going projects in located in the Province of Isabela were visited by the RPMC Monitoring Team last 28 September, 2015 to validate their current status and physical accomplishment.

For the widening of National Roads, specifically the Improvement of the Junction Santiago-Tuguegarao Project located in Cabatuan, Isabela with a total length of .550 km. amounting P15.8 Million, has incurred negative slippage of 43.06 as of June 2015. The project should have been completed within 144 calendar days. It started last 18 February 2015 and was expected for completion on 8 July 2015.  However, the project is in delay due to the suspension of work for 30 days to seek clearance from DENR to clear obstructions along the shoulder to be concreted like Narra trees. Cutting of these trees requires the approval of the Secretary of DENR.

According to Engr. Danny Fajardo, Project Engineer of the 3rd DEO, the Permit which was requested last April 2015 was not yet received by DPWH. 

Momentarily, remedial measures were undertaken by the DPWH to cope up with the delays such as, diverting/moving the canal to evade the prime trees and the conduct of consultations with the owners of private structures that encroached on the shoulder of the road. The owners of the structures have agreed and allowed the contractor to do the demolition.  As of the time of visit, the actual accomplishment rate was already 92%.

The other project was the Rehabilitation/Recon/Upgrading of Damaged Paved National Roads in Ramon and San Mateo, Isabela. The project is behind schedule with a negative 23.00% slippage based on DPWH report as of June 30, 2015.  The project has a total cost of P20.96 Million which covers a re-blocking of 1.3732 km pavement length and projected for completion within 169 calendar days.

Project Engr. Florendo Pascua, Jr. of the 3rd DEO said that the main reason of delay was a lack of manpower especially during harvest season and inclement weather condition during the start of the project.

The Monitoring Team recommended that the implementers conduct regular coordination and oblige the contractor to provide enough manpower. It was also advised that a letter of warning be issued to contractor to ensure deployment of sufficient manpower to fast track the completion of the project.

The project is 43% complete as of the time of visit and the contractor committed to complete the project until the end of October this year. Once completed, a total of 1.9232 kilometers will add up to the regional effort of improving its road network.


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