Deapatment of Public Works and Highwys
Deapatment of Public Works and Highwys

ORMOC CITY, April 17 (PNA) — The Department of Public Works and Highways 4th Leyte Engineering District (DPWH 4th LED) reported a 30.77 percent completion rate as of end of first quarter on the 60 projects implemented this year.

DPWH 4th LED office head Lino Francisco Gonzales said this is way ahead of the 25 percent target completion set by Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singzon.

He said some of the projects undertaken by the field office included the PHP40 million access roads leading to three tourism sites in Palompon town. The area is recognized as the main tourist destination in northwestern Leyte, that is why it is given preferential treatment by the tourism department.

Three sections of the Ormoc-Carigara-Palo national road are undergoing widening namely Valencia and Dayhagan, both in Ormoc City, and one in Kananga town. A secondary road in neighboring Merida town, particularly on both approaches of a bridge is also being widened.

Improvement of three off-carriageways is ongoing in Ormoc particularly along Lilia Ave. in Cogon, Real St. in downtown and the highway in Dayhagan.

Both the Owak and Jaobon bridges in Ormoc are undergoing widening. Replacing the place spillway in the Merida part of the Isabel-Puting Bato-Lundag-Merida Road is Can-untod Bridge now underway.

On April 13, some PHP38 million was released to the DPWH 4th LED from the calamity fund for the repair of nine flood control projects in Ormoc and the neighboring towns of Albuera and Kananga. This will complement the ongoing drainage constructions in Ormoc nearby Albuera town.

There are 39 projects worth PHP88.4 million under the Local Infrastructure Program (LIP), 17 of which have been completed as of end of March.

Most of the LIP projects consist of road works while the rest are the repair of structures namely the covered basketball court in Cambalading, Albuera; public building in Merida town; and a multipurpose building in Libertad, Isabel town.

Some PHP4 million was released for the repair of the Material Testing Control building within the DPWH compound in this city. The building was damaged when a water tank fell on it during the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda. (PNA)