The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to implement P2.3 billion worth of projects in Cagayan de Oro City under the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said the amount will be used to fund a total of 66 infrastructure projects in the City, to be implemented by the DPWH Regional Office, and two (2) District Engineering Offices (DEOs) based in Cagayan de Oro City.
The 2015 budget allocation includes 24 road concreting/rehabilitation projects; 14 building projects; eight (8) flood control and drainage projects; six (6) road widening projects; four (4) improvement of off-carriageway projects; four (4) bridge projects; two (2) coastal road projects; one (1) diversion road project; and one (1) bypass road project.
“Learning from typhoon “Sendong” in 2011, our priority in Cagayan de Oro City is the construction and maintenance of flood mitigation structures and drainage systems,” said Singson.
DPWH has allotted P772 million for flood control projects in the city, which covers: two (2) Cagayan de Oro City River Basin Flood Control Projects worth 400 million; three (3) Iponan Flood Control Projects worth P300 million; two (2) upgrading projects of Bigaan Creek worth P70 million; and construction of drainage system at Tejero St., in Barangay Patag costing P2 million.
Secretary Singson said the projects would mitigate if not prevent flooding in Cagayan de Oro City, protecting the people from overflow of rivers and creeks, especially during onslaught of typhoons.
Aside from flood control projects, other major projects allocated for Cagayan de Oro City include the P300 million completion of Cagayan de Oro Convention Center; P118 million widening of Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro City-Iligan City Road and the P68 million construction of Sapang Bridge along Butuan Cagayan De Oro-Iligan Road, Kauswagan Section.