by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON, August 25 (PIA) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) first engineering district office here has reported the earmarked programs and projects for this 3rd and 4th quarter based on the approved plans and funding released by the agency’s central office.
Engr.Romeo Doloiras, DPWH Sorsogon I district engineer, said the national thrusts of the agency now are based on the instructions received from Sec. Rogelio S.Singson to upgrade all national roads with “A” standards..
Doloiras also explained that according to Singson, the country has yet to improve its road component since it has been left out by other Asian countries.
“Roads are the best infrastructure face of a developed country where people can travel safe, fast and comfortable and where all areas should be made accessible to propel economic development,” Doloiras also expressed.
He said that a total of P323 M was already released to their office to rehabilitate, upgrade and standardize the 183 km road here in the 1st district based on the guidelines issued by DPWH for class A roads.
According to Doloiras, all national roads should be 9 inches thick as that of the previously constructed roads with only 6.7 inches thick. which is below down the standard quality of A 1 roads.
“Some P30 M was earmarked for the province to repair the public market of Bacon district and will be released through the office of Senator Francis Joseph G. Escudero” Doloiras said.
DPWH has also released P100 M for the Sawanga Road in Bacon district. and P10 M for the repair of the district hospital in Magallanes.
Doloiras also explained that the new process of applications for bidders who would like to subcontract or contractors who would like to contract out projects will be done now through online applications since the DPWH system has been so much improved.
The new guidelines in accessing projects from DPWH has also been standardized.
It will show the actual unit cost of materials, standard output and manpower output, approved unit costs and the policies and standardized basis per province where the Commission on Audit (COA) will follow in their auditing procedures..
According to Doloiras this standard guideline by province and programming of projects have also clearly provided the necessary procedures.
“Under the PNoy administration DPWH will show how transparent their institution will be in implementing programs and projects .It will also provide the public an assurance of quality and timely program implementation”, he said.(MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)