The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6 in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 6 held an instructional and orientation meeting on the Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL-IT) program at DPWH Regional Office.
The ROLL-IT program was patterned after the success of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and DPWH Convergence Program called Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP).
The meeting attended by DTI Provincial Director for Iloilo Province Diosdado P. Cadena Jr., DPWH OIC-Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr. and OIC-Assistant Jose Al V. Fruto was designed to facilitate the efficient and more coordinated efforts between the two (22) Departments to identify, prioritize and implement road access infrastructure leading to various industries and economic zones in a politically participative process.
It is also in compliance with the ROLL-IT timeline since the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by DTI and DPWH last November 29, 2016 and in preparation for submission and validation of proposals this month.
The ROLL-IT program will undertake the planning, monitoring, and development of infrastructure projects in priority economic and manufacturing zones.
Among DTI’s priority industries for ROLL-IT program are electronic manufacturing services, automotive and auto parts, chemicals, ship building, furniture and garments design and manufacturing, agri-business and the IT-BPM or Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services.
DTI will conduct industry-specific consultation meetings with stakeholders such as Congressional District representatives, local government officials like Governors and Mayors. Once the priority industries road accesses are identified, DPWH will be submitting proposals to the DPWH Central Office.
DPWH is tasked to prepare project profiles, electronic maps, road condition assessment report, certification of technical necessity, certification of no land acquisition, and MOA with the Local Government Unit (LGU) regarding maintenance cost by the LGU.
The qualified project proposals will be included in the DPWH’s budget line items for Fiscal Year 2018.