The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) National Capital Region under the leadership of Regional Director Nomer Abel P. Canlas was able to accomplish a total of 394 projects for the year 2021.
In his report to DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado and Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Director Canlas shared that the DPWH-NCR and its District Engineering Offices despite the challenges, achieved an overall absorptive capacity of 94.89 percent after obligating a total of P44.3 Billion, and a prior year disbursement rate of 83.13 percent from disbursing a total of P46.6 Billion.
“2021 is a year of many milestones for the DPWH-NCR. We were able to implement vital infrastructure projects and programs that are responsive to the special needs of the region with the biggest population,” said Director Canlas.
Among the highlights of DPWH-NCR accomplishment for 2021 are: dredging operations along Pasig-Marikina River near SM Marikina, Brgy. Olandes, Marikina City; bike lanes along Roxas Boulevard, Osmeña Highway, Kalayaan Avenue, Shaw Boulevard, Araneta Avenue, Radial Road 8, Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, C-5; bridge across Parañaque River adjacent to Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX); 87 percent of Fort Bonifacio-Nichols Field Road (Lawton Avenue); quarantine facilities in Las Piñas, Malacañan Park; Pasig Modular Hospital Zapote River Drive; Mandaluyong City Jail; DENR Multi-Purpose Building; Marikina River Restoration Project; and Assistance to Support Youth and Unemployed for Development and Advancement (AYUDA) Program which employed 917 people.
On right-of-way acquisition, the region reported a 96.88 percent accomplishment on the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road project with 690 families relocated, 81 families given housing/financial assistance, and 873 provided with replacement cost; while 182 families relocated and seven families were given financial assistance for the Mindanao Avenue Project.
Approximately 10,652 caballero trees were also planted on center islands of national roads all over NCR for the Clean and Green Program, being undertaken by the nine NCR DEOs.
Moving forward, Director Canlas announced the Regional Office’s plan to start proposing the transfer of all cable lines in NCR underground, and to start adapting innovations and best practices from other Southeast Asian neighboring countries.
To ensure timely completion of its 1,692 projects under 2022 GAA, DPWH-NCR has already commenced the process of detailed engineering design and pre-construction activities.