Infrastructure projects in Cotabato are gathering steam. Over in North Cotabato, several projects were recently turned over. Additionally, a major road-widening project was started during the same period in South Cotabato.
₱30 million worth of infra projects completed in North Cotabato
In Kadapawan City, North Cotabato, infrastructure projects amounting to ₱30 million were recently completed. The provincial government turned over several projects in the municipalities of Carmen and Banisilan.
In connection, all completed projects in four barangays were turned over to the town of Carmen last September 24. These included a ₱2.1 million three-classroom building in Barangay Macabentan, and covered courts in the Barangay Old Bentangan, Kibudtungan and Langonan amounting to ₱6.2 million.
Meanwhile, last September 20, around ₱20 million worth of infrastructure projects were turned over to the local government of Banisilan.
Vice Governor Lala Taliño-Mendoza, the acting governor of Cotabato, led the turn over of several projects. This included the new municipal gymnasium costing ₱12 million. Other projects were Banisilan’s public market worth ₱5 million, and a covered court in Barangay Salama worth ₱2.3 million.
Cash assistance released to Banisilan Coops
In addition, Mendoza also awarded a check worth ₱2 million to members of a cooperative in Banisilan during the inauguration of the completed projects.
This was released as part of the provincial government’s banner program, entitled “Serbisyong Totoo Entrepreneurial Program” or STEP. This cash assistance would be used to fund at least 195 beneficiaries in the region.
₱33 million worth of road projects aims to invigorate economy of South Cotabato
For their part, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced the start of two road widening projects amounting to ₱33 million in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
“DPWH, in partnership with local government units, is committed in contributing to solve traffic congestion in the country as it has long been impeding our growth,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
He explains that this infra project aims to facilitate improvement of economic activities in the city by resolving traffic congestion along major roads in Koronadal.
Major Developments in Koronadal’s busiest roads
Along the Marbel-Makar Road, a ₱19 million bridge expansion is expected to ease the traffic in the city’s rotonda. This includes construction of concrete railing and sidewalks on both directions, constituting a 3.66-meter roadway increase. The project is expected to be finished this December.
In addition, a ₱43 million road-widening project that will provide two additional lanes and sidewalks for the Cotabato-Marbel road along Alunan Avenue has already begun.
Villar explains that this will cut commuters’ travel time especially during rush hours. This road is considered the busiest in Koronadal, and has been started to become congested. The project is expected to be completed in March 2020.
The 2019 DPWH Regular Infrastructure Program provides the funding of these two projects. The DPWH South Cotabato District Engineering Office is heading the implementation for the infra projects in this region.