To improve connectivity in the region of Cordillera, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) completed a total of 467 road projects in 2021. 

According to the national organization, this amounts to 64.8-kilometers of roads, which costs P1.318-billion. However, this is just the start as more projects are on the way says DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado. 

“DPWH CAR has completed 467 out of the 726 programmed projects for 2021 with 256 projects still ongoing and three projects to be started,” he said. 

Besides those mentioned above, DPWH CAR Director Khadaffy D. Tanggol said they were able to finish “75 lineal meters of bridges amounting to P75-million as well as construction, repair, maintenance of 28 flood control projects involving dikes, seawalls, and drainages with a total cost of P722-million.”

DPWH also collaborated with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to put up 34.29-km of farm-to-market roads worth P967-million.

Similarly, the department assisted the Department of Education (DepEd) in constructing two new school buildings under Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) program.

In their report, the 12 District Engineering Offices in CAR also indicated the completion of “P435-million worth of road projects leading to tourism sites under the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program and P939-million road projects under the Department of Trade and Industry’s Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) Program.”

Secretary Mercado said the difficulties brought about by the pandemic affected a lot of their activities last year. However, it didn’t stop them from delivering. 

“Implementing these projects despite the manpower and quarantine restrictions in 2021 show not just our commitment to improve mobility and connection in the mountainous region of the Cordilleras but also in providing better access to services to the people,” he shared. 

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