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Wednesday, 6 September 2023

Over P8B DPWH budget in 2024 to accelerate socioeconomic dev’t

The proposed 2024 National Expenditure Program (NEP) has allotted P822.2 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) — one of the key agencies President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is counting on to help achieve the administration’s 8-Point Socioeconomic Agenda through job creation and reduced transport and logistics costs in the Build Better More Program.

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman pointed out the urgency of building more public facilities, including roads and bridges, for the country to bounce back after its economic losses during the pandemic.

“As highlighted by the President during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), infrastructure development is one of the key drivers of our continuing economic growth. As such, we will sustain this momentum through the Build Better More Program. This will prioritize physical connectivity infrastructure such as road networks and railway systems,” said Secretary Pangandaman.

The DPWH is tasked to accelerate infrastructure development, as well as sustain operations to ensure a safe, reliable national road system, and protect lives and properties against major floods.

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Among major DPWH programs, Flood Management is given the biggest budget at P215.643 billion for 965 projects for the construction or rehabilitation of flood mitigation facilities in major river basins and principal rivers.

This is followed by the Convergence and Special Support Program with P174.089 billion proposed budget.

For Network Development, P148.112 billion will be spent to construct 721.656 kilometers of new roads and widen or improve 647.288 kilometers of existing roads.

For Asset Preservation, a budget of P115.588 billion is allotted to implement the preventive maintenance of 1,196.398 kilometers of roads and upgrade of 798.711 kilometers of damaged paved roads.

The Bridge Program’s P45.839 billion allocation is for the construction of 15,208.83 lineal meters of bridges and maintenance, retrofitting, repair, and rehabilitation, as well as the widening of 525 existing bridges.

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A separate budget of P13.968 billion is allocated to the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program which will provide access roads leading to declared tourism destinations.

Moreover, an allocation of P10.020 billion will be for the Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade Infrastructure Program; Tatag ng Imprastraktura para sa Kapayapaan at Seguridad (TIKAS) Program for military and police facilities, P3.8 billion; Special Road Fund for the construction, upgrading, repair, and rehabilitation of roads, bridges, and road drainage, P15.232 billion.

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The Quick Response Fund (QRF), which has a budget of P1.0 billion, shall serve as a stand-by fund to be used for reconstruction and rehabilitation programs, activities, or projects, including pre-positioning of goods and equipment in order that the situation and living conditions of people in communities or areas stricken by calamities, epidemics, crises, and catastrophes may be normalized as quickly as possible.

The proposed 2024 DPWH budget shall cover its operating requirements, including the implementation of both local and foreign-assisted programs, activities, and projects. (DBM/PIA-Caraga)