P1.6 billion allocated for Eastern Samar projects

By Restituto Cayubit

BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) District Engineering Office (DEO) in East­ern Samar will implement P1.6 billion worth of infrastructure projects for 2019.

Manolo A. Rojas, DEO head, said the allocation will be for the improvement of road shoulders and drainage systems, slope protection in landslide-prone areas particularly in Llorente and Giporlos, flood control, and building roads leading to tour­ism destinations.

Rojas said this year’s budget is lower than the P2.2 billion last year due to the cash-based budgeting system.

Last year the DEO got a 97.01 percent delivery rate in completing infrastructure projects.

The projects are: construction and repair of 55.79 kilometers of secondary national road; retrofitting of 849.5 meters of bridges, 20 flood control projects and 56 infrastruc­ture projects like farm-to-market roads, water systems, multi-purpose buildings and tourism roads.

The DEO also built 2.698 km of farm-to-market roads under Department of Agricul­ture, 37 school buildings under the Depart­ment of Education’s Basic Education Facilities Fund and 16 river landing projects under the Department of Transportation.

The Eastern Samar DEO is one of the top performing districts in the country last year.