The Cebu Provincial Development Council (PDC) endorsed over Php 13-billion worth of infrastructure project proposals for the year 2016.
The projects include the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of roads, bridges, and flood control and drainage systems.
These were submitted by the district engineers of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the PDC full council meeting last February 25 at the Capitol.
Chaired by Governor Hilario P. Davide, the PDC also endorsed the proposed revival of the old railway system in the south.
May Elizabeth Ybañez, committee chair on infrastructure and utilities development added that the usage of a railway system should be carefully planned.Ybañez, executive director of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said this should include the consideration of a mass transport system.
The discussion on the old railway system started when Minglanilla municipal Mayor Elanito Peña proposed its utilization amidst the heavy traffic congestion in going south.
“There is an urgent need for an alternative road along the coast to ease the heavy traffic concentration along the main highway, ” he said.
Peña proposed to use the railway system, which stretches up to the municipality of Argao, as an alternative road.He reasoned that the town’s bottleneck is due to the increasing economic activities and the establishment of mall-type buildings in the area.
Also in the proposals of the second district engineering office (DEO), is the construction of a flyover in Poblacion, Minglanilla worth Php 413 million.DPWH has appropriated Php 50 million for the proposed feasibility study on Talisay City-Minglanilla-Naga City coastal road.
The first DEO, which covers the first legislative district, also budgeted P50 million for the completion of a Carcar City diversion road. The fourth DEO allotted Php 480 million for the construction of Dalaguete by-pass highway, including right of way acquisition. District Engr. James Dellosa said the proposed highway is another diversion route from a congested downtown highway of Dalaguete town.
The municipality of Tudela likewise submitted a proposed typhoon-resilient seawall project in the Camotes group of islands.Tudela Vice Mayor Greeman Solante said the seawall could protect the provincial road in the mainland Camotes.
During the PDC meeting, Philippine Coconut Authority’s Php 55 million and Department of Agriculture 7’s Php 147, 915.76 million budget proposals were also approved.
Gov. Davide said the PDC meeting was in line with the budget Memorandum No. 122 issued by Secretary Florencio Abad.“This memorandum gives teeth to all pronouncements on transparency, on consultations, on participation,” Davide added.
Sec. 3.7 of the memorandum requires the consultation of the local government units, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders in the budgeting processes.
After PDC’s approval of the projects submitted by the regional line agencies, these will be submitted to the Regional Development Council 7. With the RDC endorsement, these will be forwarded to the Department of Budget and Management for possible inclusion in the 2016 national budget.