MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, (PNA) -– The Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (SLDEO) has topped in terms of absorptive capacity during the first three quarters of the year among all district offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Eastern Visayas region.

Of the PHP1.3 billion allotment to the district as of end of September 2015, about 88 percent were obligated to contractors, said Datesy Angeli Mahusay, chief the SLDEO financial and management section.

“The target for the first nine months was 80 percent, but we’re able to absorb more than that,” Mahusay said.

The absorptive capacity is determined by dividing the total obligation incurred by the total net allotment. It is measured by the ability to obligate the allotments received from DPWH central office and Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Assistant District Engineer Allan D. Eway said higher absorptive capacity can be attributed to regular meetings with contractors and project inspections.

“The recognition indicates how effective and efficient the district is in terms of managing financial resources. In all projects, we pushed contractors to really work,” Eway added.

For 2015, the district got PHP1 billion for the implementation of about 100 projects. The SLDEO is tasked to maintain 299 kilometers of national roads and 155 bridges, built in 18 towns and one city. (PNA)