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Circumferential Road to North Now Much Improved - DPWH

Less than 18 kilometers of the national road between San Andres and Caramoran remain unpaved as the Aquino administration goes for its 2016 target of paving 100% of national roads, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said last week.

DPWH 2012 fund allocation map for Bicol region. Click on the map to open the info window (the heavier the shade the higher the budget allocation).

Catanduanes DPWH District Engineer Ignacio Odiaman disclosed to members of the Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (PMSMEDC) that 70 percent of the 63-kilometer highway linking the two towns are now paved.

By the end of this year, less than 10 kilometers of the same route will be rough roads, Odiaman stated, upon completion of the 2012 road improvement projects. On the other hand, 2013 road concreting projects are scheduled to be bid out by November upon instructions of Sec. Rogelio Singson. At the close of 2013, only five kilometres will be left unpaved along the San Andres-Caramoran section.

The district engineering office is also set to implement two major bridge construction projects along the same route, starting with the P108 million Paturok crossing in San Andres set to begin construction this October and the P72 million Inalmasinan bridge in Caramoran which will likewise be finished in 2013.

Engr. Odiaman bared that along the Virac-Viga-Panganiban-Bagamanoc-Pandan route, the bidding for the JICA-funded Road Upgrading and Preservation Project costing nearly P1.5 billion and linking Viga to Pandan, will be done before the end of the year, with an initial 25 kilometers of road to be started in 2013 and the whole project completed by 2014.

Along the 30-kilometer secondary national road linking Sabloyon, Caramoran to San Miguel, Panganiban, 22 kilometers remain unpaved but the concreting will be done in phases until completion in 2016, the district engineer said. Along the 90-kilometer Bato-Baras-Gigmoto-Viga secondary road, only 24 have yet to be paved, with the same completion schedule. Four bridges along the Sabloyon road will be upgraded while three more will be repaired.

Odiaman stressed that all these are in line with the Aquino administration’s target of completing the paving of all primary national roads and bridges by 2014 and all secondary roads by 2016.

The DPWH Catanduanes district has consistently gotten the largest share of infra funding in the Bicol region due to the effort of Congressman Cesar Sarmiento. This year, the district got over P600 million for road concreting alone with the 2013 allocation the biggest at P1 billion.

Catanduanes Tribune

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