ILOILO – Four dirt roads in central and northern Iloilo will be cemented starting this year following its inclusion in the priority project of the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG’s) Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces.
Formerly known as Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan ang Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran or Kalsada Program, the P413-million rehabilitation work covers the following road sections:
– 8.37 kilometers Mina-Talibong-Yugot-Navitasan-Naslo Road in Mina,
– 12.43 kilometers Cabugao-Banban-Toyungan Road in Calinog,
– 2.51 kilometers Batad-Embarkadero Road in Batad, and
– 2 kilometers Carles Poblacion-Bankal Road in Carles
The budget will be released once the detailed engineering designs and program of works for the road rehabilitation are revised and approved.
Engineer IV Isagani Baldevieso of the Provincial Engineer’s Office said road projects in Batad and Mina will cost P43 million and P121 million respectively.
The required documents for the two have been submitted to DILG earlier this week while the rest is a work in progress.
“We are working as fast as we can to accomplish DILG’s recommendations in the program of works and detailed engineering designs,” said Baldevieso.
In 2018, the proposed concreting of 45.34-kilometer (km) dirt road consisting of four sections traversing the towns of Dueñas, Calinog, New Lucena, Mina, Balasan and Sara is also in the pipeline.
These four are the Sara Poblacion-Malapaya-Ardemil-Tady Road (18 km), Dueñas-Cabudian-Carvasana Road (11 km), Jelicuon-Amiroy-Mina Road (7 km), and Balasan Poblacion-Zarragoza Road (7 km).
If realized, the road concreting project will help spur economic development in rural areas in the province and improve accessibility and ease transportation of goods and the riding public.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said he will exert all means to have most, if not all of the provincial roads, paved before his term expires in 2019.