Before 2021 ended, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) managed to finish a total of 1,321 projects in the region of Central Luzon. 

According to the national department, this involved the rehabilitation of 98.68-kilometer of road amounting to P2.68 billion, 22.3-kilometer of asphalt overlay works amounting to P244 million, and the restoration and upgrading of 20 bridges that cost P428 million in total. 

“We congratulate the hardworking officials, employees, and construction workers of DPWH Regional Office 3 and the DEOs who tirelessly worked on the ground in spite of the pandemic for this accomplishment wouldn’t be possible without them,” DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado said. 

DPWH was also able to lay down 19,507 lineal meters of drainage, 43,985 square meters of road with slips slope, and 41,469 square meters of road slope protection structure last year. 

These projects were all under Region 3’s 2021 Regular Infrastructure Program, DPWH noted. 

Apart from its department’s projects and plans, DPWH also played an active role in establishing infrastructures by non-infrastructure agencies, which included: 

  • Laying down 55.11-kilometers of farm-to-market roads in convergence with the Department of Agriculture (DA). 
  • The establishment of 70 new school buildings funded by the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF). 
  • Building 12 infrastructure facilities for the Department of National Defense’s (DND) Tatag ng Imprastraktura para sa Kapayapaan at Seguridad (TIKAS) Program.
  • The putting up of new public markets funded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 
  • The setting up of 12 COVID-19 temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.

DPWH Region 3 Director Roseller Tolentino said they’re now “fast-tracking the completion of 297 ongoing projects under the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and start the 222 remaining projects to improve mobility and provide better access to services to the people.”

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