More than 380 kilometers of national roads and close to 500 lineal meters of national bridges were completed in Southern Tagalog Region or CALABARZON area in CY 2013. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 4-A Director Huillio B. Belleza said that the completed roads and bridges in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon is contributory to the vision of Secretary Rogelio L. Singson to pave all national arterial roads by end of 2014, and all national secondary roads and make all bridges along national roads permanent by middle of 2016. With a funding allocation of P10.759 Billion in the CY 2013 Regular Infrastructure Program, DPWH Region 4-A together with its 15 District Engineering Office were able to complete 587 projects. Notable among the completed projects is the widening of Bangkal-GMA Bridge with the construction of one (1) lane bridge at left side of existing steel bridge along Dasmañas Road in Cavite which helped decongest traffic along Governor’s Drive. Also completed were the widening works at Governor’s Drive otherwise known as Carmona-Dasmariñas-Trece Martires City Road, one of the busiest road network in Cavite and the opening/concreting of General Aguinaldo-Magallanes-Nasugbu Road (East-West Road)which includes construction of 25 lineal meter bridge linking Magallanes, Cavite with Nasugbu, Batangas. The widening of Lemery-Taal Diversion Road has addressed traffic gridlock along national road network leading to tourism areas in Nasugbu, Batangas while the widening of Bauan-Mabini Road in Mabini, Batangas facilitates not only the enhancement of tourism but also the transport of products to neighbouring towns and provinces. Much needed widening of Sto. Tomas Section of Daang Maharlika has shortened travel time by as much as 30 percent and mitigated flooding with the provision of drainage system along the highway. Safer connectivity between the towns of Taysan and Lobo, Batangas was facilitated by the completion of new Doña Alicia Bridge along Batangas-Lobo Road which is not only wider but is capable to carry more load capacity. Asphalting projects along the national highway of Calamba-Sta Cruz-Famy Junction Road, Daang Maharlika and Sta Rosa Road all in the province of Laguna improve travel condition. In Quezon Province, the widening of Lucena-Tayabas-Lucban Road and Manila South Road Old Route, concrete paving of Manila South Road Junction Lopez-Buenaventura Road and upgrading of Atimonan Section of Daang Maharlika improve land travel thus boosting the socio economic development in the area. The upgrading of Sumulong Highway leading to Antipolo City and maintenance works at Manila East Road at Cardona-Baras area in Rizal Province provided smoother land travel for the travelling public.