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DPWH to fast-track road repairs

Rep. Alfredo Marañon III (Neg. Occ., 2nd District) yesterday said Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson has ordered the DPWH to fast-track all infrastructure work, including the repair of 7 kilometers of bad roads in the second district of Negros Occidental that have been allocated P180 million.

In fact, the work has already been bidded out, he said, adding that an additional P100 million may also be allocated for the second district.

Work on the new Himoga-an Bridge in Sagay City is also underway, he said.

The second bridge is being built for heavy vehicles to pass on, as the present Himoga-an Bridge in Barangay Fabrica, Sagay, is old and was designed only for smaller vehicles.

The new bridge that has been allocated about P125 million is expected to be finished in 18 months, the congressman said.

The road leading to the new bridge will pass through Hacienda Maya in Barangay Cabahug, Cadiz City, and vehicles will emerge at the death curve area beyond Lopez Sugar Central in Sagay, he said.

The DPWH is straightening the death curve road where numerous accidents have occurred in the past to make it safer for commuters, Marañon said.

The DPHW is frontloading its budget and will start repairing all roads this month, he said.

The national roads in the second district that are in bad condition and are set to undergo repair are in Manapla, from crossing Cadiz to the Faraon Institute area, after Lopez Sugar Central to Sagay proper, and after Sagay City leading to Escalante City, Marañon said.

Meanwhile, Marañon said they are exploring a private–public partnership for the development of the port of Manapla, but if this does not push through, the town government, provincial government and his congressional office could work on a counterparting scheme.

He said the relocation of some families living near the banks of the Himoga-an River in Sagay City is also being planned to remove them from the danger of floods.*CPG

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