CARIGARA, Leyte, – The Leyte 2nd Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported recently that it has already accomplished 88%of its calendared regular infrastructure projects for 2015.

Of the 97 projects undertaken under its 2015 Infrastructure Program, 86 projects are already completed while 11 projects are ongoing.

District Engineer Carlos Veloso of the 2nd LED said that they were able to fast track many of the projects during the summer season and during the dry days during the past months, because these make works easier, he added.

Veloso is positive they can finish the remaining 11 ongoing projects before CY 2015 ends.

These projects are part of the P1.17 billion regular infrastructure projects of which P588 million worth was implemented through the 2nd LED.

This included the construction and upgrading of the Bagahupi-Babatngon-Barugo-Carigara Road worth P30 million, Burauen-Albuera Road worth P50-million, Jaro-Dagami-Burauen-Lapaz Road P40-million, and the Dulag-Julita-Burauen Road worth another P40-million

Also included are P40-million Burauen-Mahagnao Road, P17-million Jaro-Dagami-Burauen-Lapaz Road, P50-million Lapaz-Javier-Bito Road, P25-million flood control projects in Pastrana and Carigara towns, P75-million tourism road projects in Dulag and Lapaz towns.

The bigger-budget projects such as the P218-million Palo-Carigara-Ormoc road, P279 million for repair of a major highway that links Tacloban City and Ormoc City, and P71 million for the Bagahupi-Babatngon-Barugo-Carigara road were undertaken by the DPWH regional office.

Meanwhile, Engr. Veloso reiterated his call on local government units whose highways have been recently widened, under the DPWH road widening program for national highways, to help in maintaining and preserving these roads by not allowing private vehicles to use it as parking areas.

He urged LGUs to pass ordinances so this prohibition can be fully realized.

“Widened and safer highways is one of the legacy that DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singzon would like to leave behind under the Aquino administration,” Veloso stressed.

DPWH is committed to building better national road network as it recognizes its importance in maximizing the potential of the country’s world-class tourism destinations and providing safer and better transportation. (DPWH-2nd LED/PIA-8)