The national government will not wait for next year or in 2014 before it upgrades the north road from junction Kabankalan in Negros Occidental to the whole stretch of Manjuyod, Vallehermoso and Canlaon City in Oriental Negros.
This was announced by Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong (Neg. Or., 1st District), who said that a foreign-assisted project worth P1.7 billion is already in the pipeline from the World Bank, but this was before the 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the first district of the province on February 6.
She said President Benigno Aquino III wanted the upgrading project prioritized this year with the endorsement coming the Department of Public Works and Highways.
She added that programs of work designs, and plans are being prepared, including the rehabilitation of at least 10 bridges damaged by the quake.
Studies are carefully conducted, especially in areas where liquefaction is noted in the recent earthquake, to determine if roads and bridges in those areas have to be diverted, Limkaichong said.
She also clarified that the contractors of government projects worth more than P10 million are complying with the designs, specifications and program of work given by the DPWH.
Limkaichong issued the statement following criticisms on the poor quality of work undertaken by her family-owned construction firm, Double L Construction, in Himampangon road, Manjuyod.
She said a contractor who wants to be paid will not divert from the program of work given by DPWH.
A retaining wall was constructed in Himampangon to prevent loose rocks from again falling into the highway and inconveniencing motorists.*JG
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