Government Allocates P13.5 B to Upgrade, Rehabilitate City Roads in 2017
Manila, Philippines—The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) recently announced that P13.5 billion will be allocated for the upgrading and rehabilitation of about 700 km of city roads and bridges nationwide starting next year. An additional funding of P3.2 billion, on the other hand, will be dedicated to the fifth-year bottom-up budget projects in various cities.
In a statement, DBM Secretary Florencio Abad who ensures good governance said that these multi-billion peso funds will be released directly to the cities. “We will release the funds directly to the Local Government Units (LGUs), which ultimately, will enable them to perform better and be more efficient in delivering public services.”
In the upgrading and rehabilitation of city roads and bridges, “we want to make our cities safer and more equipped to cater to the needs of our citizens,” he added. This is part of the six-year plan to upgrade and rehabilitate 6,000 km of city roads by 2022.
As of last year, 5,874 km of roads remained unpaved while 9,503 km were paved with 7,508 built on concrete, 1,995 km on asphalt.