9 MAJOR ROAD NETWORKS IN ILOCOS NORTE UP FOR REPAIR IN 2016

LAOAG CITY — Nine provincial road networks covering at least five municipalities in Ilocos Norte province will get a major facelift this year, as about PHP186 million has been allocated for its repair and improvement.

As members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP or provincial board) convened on Monday its first regular session for 2016, the board has approved the Provincial Road Network Development Plan (PRNDP) to avail of a multi-million worth funding for the development of road networks in this province.

Sponsored by provincial board member Albert Chua, he said the three-year road network plan worth PHP556.9 million is among the requirements for local government units (LGUs) to avail themselves of funding under the “Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan ang Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran” or Kalsada program of the national government.

The program is being implemented by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in collaboration with the Department of Budget and Management, providing funding for the development of road networks among LGUs that are recipients of the Seal of Good Governance.

It is also envisioned to boost Ilocos Norte’s disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation measures, including enhance provincial development and physical framework plan to promote inclusive growth.

For 2016, Ilocos Norte is expected to shell out at least 30 percent or PHP51 million counterpart funding of the total estimated construction cost pegged at over PHP175 million, maintenance of equipment and community awareness campaign among others.

The counterpart funding has already been included in the approved 2016 budget for the province sourced from its 20 percent development fund.

The nine major road networks have been identified as priority roads for repair following recent typhoons that damaged Ilocos Norte’s vital infrastructure system including roads and bridges.

Covering the municipalities of Dingras, Vintar, Bacarra, Paoay and Marcos, the provincial roads scheduled for repair and improvement this year include: Dingras-Padong road, Lanas-Elizabeth-Ver-Pacifico road, Pacifico-Escoda-Santiago road, Paoay-Taytay-Pasil, Dingras-Mangitayag-Tonoton road, Pallas-Namuroc-Mabanbanag road, Vintar-Bacarra road and Salsalamagui-Cabisukolan road.

“This road development program of the province is encompassing all provincial roads and the funds needed has been set aside under the national government’s collection on road user’s tax and Ilocos Norte has only a counterpart of 30 percent,” Chua said.

Other road development projects covering other municipalities here are also being considered as part of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project and under the Department of Public Works and Highways special local road fund and local infrastructure program from the first and second engineering district of Ilocos Norte.

“All these road projects will be implemented simultaneously for the development and sustainable inclusive growth of our province,” Chua said. PNA/northboundasia.com