ILOILO — Being a recipient of various awards on good governance qualified the Province of Iloilo to avail of P6.5-billion Konkreto at AyosnaLansangan at DaanTungosaPangkalahatangKaunlaran (KALSADA) Program of President Benigno Aquino III.
Under the program, 15- of the 18-kilometer provincial road traversing the towns of Anilao, Dingle and San Enriquewill be paved to help foster economic growth in the area.
It will specifically improve the transportation of goods and minimize road accidents.
According to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., the concreting of the said provincial road will cost P167-million — 70% (P117-million) will be shouldered by the national government and 30% (P50-million) is the province’s counterpart.
“We just got the funds and we are now preparing the documents for bidding before the election ban takes effect,” Defensor told the media during his regular press conference on Thursday (February 4).
The governor emphasized that the inclusion of Iloilo as pilot site for KALSADA Program provides various economic opportunities given the province’s potential as investment and tourism destination in the region.
“This is our last best chance to have our provincial roads concrete. If I will not take advantage of this opportunity, I might lose the chance,” reelectionistDefensor stressed.
Compared to previous administrations, the Province of Iloilo is experiencing an infrastructure boom like no other under the Presidency of Aquino.
This 2016, the Department of Public Works and Highways earmarked P38.5-billion in infrastructure development in Western Visayas and 58% of which goes to Iloilo.
Costing a total of P795-million, six farm-to-market roads will also be paved here this year through the help of Philippine Rural Development Project.
Among these projects is the longest farm-to-market road in Visayas — the 28-kilometer Imbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemumua-Agahon Farm-to-Market Road in Passi City.
The provincial road in Iloilo has a total length of 655.4 kilometers based on the record of the Provincial Engineer’s Office. Of the number, 518-kilometer remains a dirt road, 8-kilometer is asphalt and only 129-kilometer is paved.