The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed 142 farm-to-market road (FMR) projects in Western Visayas. This is 94.27 percent accomplishment, the DPWH Monitoring Section reported.
The projects are funded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in 2009 and implemented by the DPWH by virtue of a memorandum of agreement.
The DA in 2009 has allotted P244 million for the construction of 146 FMRs in the region; 144 were completed, two are to be completed within the month, while the two are yet to be started.
Iloilo province availed of the highest number of projects with 55 that cost P53 million; Negros Occidental, 37 projects worth P66 million and Capiz, 28 projects with P41 million.
Aklan and Guimaras availed of seven (7) projects each at P27 million and P11 million, respectively.
Two projects were completed while one is yet to be implemented in Antique all worth P12 million and five projects in Bacolod City with P20 million.
The lone project in Iloilo City with an allocation of P10 million is yet to start.
The DPWH regional office also completed the implementation of three projects at P3.5 million.
Director Asis said, these FMRs are road graveling projects to allow more coverage or lengthen the scope of the project.
However, Asis stressed that all upcoming projects to be funded by new allocation will be concreted upon the order of Sec. Rogelio Singson.
Singson in a memorandum directed all DPWH regional directors "to undertake concreting of FMR projects instead of graveling/regraveling since the latter do not last long."
"Concreting work should be done according to DPWH standard and subject to quality inspection," Singson stressed.
To date though, Asis said he haven’t received a word from the DA and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as regard new projects that will be implemented using the 2010 allocation. (PNA) /MP