Massive Infrastructure Projects in Davao Oriental to Boost Tourism, Agriculture

DAVAO ORIENTAL – As the Provincial Government pushes the industrialization of the province’s agriculture and tourism sectors, Governor Nelson Dayanghirang is equally bullish in his efforts to develop massive infrastructures and support facilities to back the province’s growth and development.

Governor Dayanghirang said that the province has been doubling its efforts to provide necessary infrastructures and other facilities touted to improve and ensure the economy as well as boost the prospect of employment and investment opportunities here.

He added that this effort expresses his administration’s determination to complement, if not match, the national government aggressive efforts through the “Build Build Build” program that bids to improve socio-economic conditions of the country through infrastructure development.

The latest engineering construction data of the province shows the aggressive efforts of the Provincial Government and partner agencies in the construction of vital infrastructures – from roads, support facilities for health, agriculture, sports, and tourism, among others.

COMPLETED AND ONGOING PROJECTS

During the recent Kapihan sang Kapitolyo media forum, Engr. Ruel Dumadag, Officer-in-Charge of the Provincial Engineer’s Office, presented the completed infrastructure works of the Provincial Government.

For the year 2018, he said that a total of P283.1 million worth of high-impact infrastructure projects have been completed across the province, with funds sourced out from the national funding agencies like the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Program, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process.

Bulk of these completed infrastructures are road projects comprising 95.42% or P270.1 million of the total P283.1 million, while 3.5 percent was poured to the Potable Water System projects amounting P9.9 million; and 1.06% to building facilities amounting to P 2.9 million.

Out of the total P896 million-worth infrastructure projects earmarked for the year 2018, 68 percent of it comprised the ongoing projects with an allocation of P612.9 million.

Governor Dayanghirang’s leadership has also put a lot of efforts in enhancing connectivity through the Davao Oriental Local Road Network Development Program.

Among the highly-anticipated big-ticket projects implemented and were set for inauguration this year are the circumferential roads which include the P245 millon NHJ-Badas-Culian-Sanghay Road in the City of Mati stretching to 12 kilometers and the P216 million MATAVISAN farm-to-market road in Lupon town with a total length of 14.36 kilometers divided into two packages under the DA-PRDP.

These roads, along with other road projects are poised to spur economic development and investment opportunities in the communities.

Dumadag explained that in determining which road projects to prioritize, there are conditions that must be satisfied. This include support to the value-chain analysis wherein the road for construction should improve transport of commodities to the market and open up access for investors. Other conditions are the facilitation of social developments such as schools and health facilities; alleviation of environment hazards; and enhancement peace and order through construction of roads leading to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).

PROPOSED PROJECTS

Meanwhile, Governor Dayanghirang, during the Institutional Strengthening Committee Interfacing held last week, divulged that Davao Oriental had secured the biggest Countrywide Development Fund from the House of Representatives and the Office of the President in the amount of P3.2 billion.

This astonishingly huge allocation for infrastructure projects is so far unprecedented in the province said Dumadag.

For the P3.2 billion proposed projects set for the year 2019, 73% will go to road development; 16%for the sports and tourism development; 8% for health and sanitation facilities; and 3% for the multi-purpose buildings. These initiative projects of Gov. Dayanghirang will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Provincial Government.

Meanwhile, just last month, the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) have signed a P650 million loan agreement for various high-impact projects that bids to improve services and boost socio-economic development in the Province of Davao Oriental.

The priority development projects covered under the loan agreement are the improvement of the Provincial Tourism Complex amounting to P160 million; acquisition of heavy equipment and construction of the motor pool amounting to P200 million; construction and rehabilitation of multi-purpose buildings, centers, and hospitals amounting to P240 million; and the province-wide construction of Potable Water Systems amounting to P50 million.

Governor Dayanghirang said the Provincial Government is serious on these developments as he expressed his high hopes on the project which would not only address the shortage of accommodation facilities for tourists but more importantly would also generate income for the province.

Meanwhile, the construction of multi-purpose centers and acquisition of equipment are anticipated to enhance the level of public service by bringing government services closer to the people.
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