More than 1,300 kilometers (km) of roads and 286 individual bridges have been built and improved in the Caraga region since 2016, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
To date, a total of 1,321 km of roads have been constructed, rehabilitated, and widened within the region. These projects include bypasses, missing links, farm-to-market roads, roads to seaports and airports, roads to trades and industries, roads to economic zones and roads to declared tourism destinations.
Aside from the road and bridges, 271 flood mitigation structures and 5,414 classrooms were also accomplished in the region that covers the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur.
The department, led by Secretary Mark Villar, identified in the region 11 high-impact priority projects–most of them still ongoing.
One of these is the 62-km East-West Lateral Road, which links Agusan del Sur to Bukidnon. It involves the opening and paving of unpaved portions of Agusan-Malaybalay Road to the boundary between Caraga Region and Northern Mindanao. The P6.593-billion effort will also include the construction of seven permanent bridges within the road network. Its progress rate is currently at18.54 percent.
Part of the East-West Lateral Road is the completion of the 40-km lateral road between San Miguel Proper in Surigao del Sur and Calaitan in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. This road section is designed to give farmers access to additional farmlands in the area. It is now 72.94 percent complete. The project cost is pegged at P3.650 billion.
The P2.597-billion, 29-km Boundary Bukidnon/Agusan del Norte Road is now 89.76 percent complete. It is poised to fully open by December 2022. This road project is also a part of the inter-regional connectivity plan between the Caraga and Northern Mindanao regions that is seen to promote biodiversity in the Northern Mindanao corridor.
Meanwhile the P6.719-billion Cabadbaran- Puting Bato-Lanuza Road project, which involves the opening and concreting of 73 km of road from Junction Daang Maharlika on Surigao-Agusan Road to Junction Surigao-Davao Coastal Road in Lanuza Surigao del Sur, is now 36.23 percent complete. Two bridges will also be built within the road network.
Another ongoing road project in the region is the 45-km NJR-Mayor Democrito D Plaza II Avenue-Las Nieves-Sibagat Road that will serve as an alternate route of Agusan-Davao Road along Daang Maharlika between Butuan City and Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. It is a P4.533-billion project with a current progress rate of 54.82 percent.
The construction of a 39.81-km access road leading to Nasipit-Agusan Del Norte Industrial Estate Special Economic Zone in Nasipit, Agusan Del Norte has a current progress rate of 92 percent. It is a P2.064-million road project that is expected to provide a reliable infrastructure for trucks and other vehicles transporting goods and services to the industry hub in Nasipit.
The flood-control structure along the major river basin in Lake Mainit-Tubay River Basin was completed by the DPWH in May 2020. It is a P586.940-million endeavor that includes the construction of a two-km flood mitigation structure in the area.
Among the completed road projects in the region is the 63.92-km Dinagat-Loreto Road in Dinagat Islands. It is a P2.493-billion project that was completed in January 2019.
Other high-impact priority projects in the region include the Wawa Bridge along Daang Maharlika in Bayugan, Agusan Del Sur; the Dapa Port-Consuelo-Corazon-Sta. Cruz-Sta. Fe-Libertad-Cabitoonan-Catangan-General Luna Road; and Linga Bypass Road.