MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, (PNA) – A total of Php272.22 million worth of infrastructure projects was opened for bidding by the Department of Public Works and Highways Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH-SLDEO).

Assistant District  said 26 of the 96 infrastructure projects have gone through the bidding process, but awarding of contract will be done January next year, after the approval of the 2016 General Appropriations Act.

Of the 26 bid out projects, 21 are bridges and five are roads.

“We will try to complete the bidding process within this quarter so that public infrastructure projects can proceed on the early part of 2016,” Eway said.

The conduct of early bidding activities is in support to the administration’s goal of sustaining the country’s strong economic growth through public infrastructure spending and development, according to Eway.

Under the proposed 2016 infrastructure projects based on the National Expenditure Program, the district office is tasked to implement Php1.45 billion of projects.

These include Php160.6 million for rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of national highways, Php209.21 million improvements and widening of national roads, construction of missing gaps, off-carriageway improvement, and Php596.97 million for construction and maintenance of bridges along national highways.

Also listed are Php27.19 million for construction and maintenance of flood mitigation structures and drainage systems, Php 320 million for improvement of access road leading to tourist destinations, and Php90 million construction and repair of various infrastructure including local projects. (PNA)