Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cavite II District Engineer Arthur D. Pascual, Jr, delivered today his fourth State of the District Address (SODA) before government, business and society representatives from the 7th Legislative District of Cavite.
DE Pascual reported that the district had a 76.87% physical accomplishment rate as of December 31, 2018, completing 63 out of 87 infrastructure projects in 2018.
The district has a total allocation of P1,876,560.92 which shows the commitment of the district into its stakeholders to provide quality infrastructure facilities and services for the betterment of the lives of the Filipinos.
Some of the completed projects of Cavite II DEO include the Constrution of Bypass and Diversion Roads, Kaykulot Road connecting Tagaytay – Calamba Road, Sta. Rosa – Ulat – Tagaytay Road, Cavite; Construction of four (4) storey – sixteen (16) classroom School Building at Tagaytay City National Highschool, Tagaytay City, Cavite; Concreting of Road, Brgy. Kaymisas, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Cavite; and Construction of Bypass Road and Slope Protection, Maragondon Cavite.
For 2018, the district has a total allocation of P1,286,404,000.00 which will be allotted to the Asset Preservation, Network Development, Bridge Programs and Local Infrastructure Programs.
For CY 2020, the proposed budget allocation for the district is P2,104,480,000.
Cavite II DEO faced some challenges in the implementation of the projects, especially the Road Right-of-Way problems and the Government Agencies Approval Process.
However, the district office has also seen opportunities to overcome the challenges, as the people were open in addressing the issues, as seen in the coordination meetings conducted, the involvement of Local Government Units (LGUs) and community in information dissemination and finally, the SODA which serves as a general coordination meeting with the stakeholders under its jurisdiction.
As part of the stakeholders engagement process, the following concerns and issues raised and address by the participants during the open forum include Road Right-of-Way issues, road safety in relation with the road widening projects; remaining road safety hazards (i.e., trees, and electric poles) when roads are widened; concerns on the utilities that will be damaged or affected by the implementation of the projects; willingness of barangay officials to be allies of DPWH; and road widening projects in their area of jurisdiction.
The SODA is an annual activity which aims to promote transparency and accountability among national government offices.
The district believes that the SODA is an effective tool in promoting positive relationships with local stakeholders in generating their support in our infrastructure projects.
SODA also provides an opportunity to enhance the people’s access to information, public participation and public accountability.