The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 11 expects more infra projects to be finished in Davao this 2022 compared to previous years thanks to the consistent relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in the region.

According to DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado, of the 1,507 infrastructure projects set in Davao for 2021, 904 have already been completed. Meanwhile, 431 are still ongoing and only 172 are yet to begin construction.

Last year, the department was also able to finish P3.7 billion worth of road structures, specifically 1,294 lineal meters of drainage, 211,911 square meters of off-carriageway improvement, 55,334 square meters of road protection structure, and 223 lane kilometers of asphalt overlay. 

In addition to this, DPWH also concluded the construction of the Tagum Flyover Project, which is Mindanao’s longest flyover at 1.035 kilometers.

“Road developments are vital in improving the province’s economy as it supports local traders and enterprises through improved logistical operations and efficient delivery of agricultural products and services,” DPWH Region XI Director Rey Peter Gille said.

On top of those mentioned above, DPWH also completed the following in 2021: the construction, retrofitting, maintenance, and rehabilitation of 66 tourism roads, 36 access roads under the Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade (ROLL-IT) Infrastructure Program, 46 bridges, 66 flood control projects, 35 farm-to-market roads, 9 various infrastructure under Tatag ng Imprastraktura para sa Kapayapaan at Seguridad (TIKAS) Program, 3 access roads leading to seaports and airports, 8 school buildings, 4 rainwater collectors, 9 projects using the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC), and 1 building completed under trust fund.

“We vow to continue building roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure projects that will contribute to creating productive communities and elevate the overall socio-economic status of not just Davao Region, but all developing cities in Mindanao,” Mercado said. 

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