Construction of a 24-kilometer road in Zamboanga Sibugay, which includes eight bridges, is “making significant progress,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announced Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Villar said the ongoing 24.10-kilometer Alicia-Malangas Road Project is now 36.6 percent accomplished and reported that it is poised for completion by 2022.
“Even that the rainy season has affected construction activities, we have made significant progress on the project with a positive 7.38 slippage,” the secretary said.
The Alicia-Malangas Road Project is one of the three core projects of the Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project (IGCMRSP) being implemented to enhance economic development and peace and order situation in the island provinces of Mindanao.
“The incessant rain in the area shifted our focus to the implementation of its bridge components since roads were unworkable for a while,” said Undersecretary Emil Sadain after conducting an inspection.
Bridge components have the following accomplishment status: Logpond Bridge at 87.81 percent; Tigabon Bridge at 84 percent; Payag Bridge at 51.71 percent; Lipacan Bridge at 36.7 percent; Bella Bridge at 70.57 percent; Ilisan Bridge at 73.5 percent; Lapirawan Bridge at 3.23 percent; and Sinusayan Bridge at 1.43 percent.
“With this pace on civil works, we are optimistic for the timely completion of Alicia-Malangas Road Project by the first quarter of 2022 or earlier,” Sadain said.
The IGCMRSP is funded through a P25.26 billion loan from the Asian Development Bank.
Meanwhile, the 3.69-kilometer portion of NRJ-Bawang Provincial Road in Barangay Bawang, Buug Town was recently completed, providing a better access to Silupa Beach in the municipality of Malangas in Zamboanga Sibugay.
The completed road project costing P77.19-million covers the concreting of an unpaved two-lane road, line canal systems, embankment, slope protection structures, and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings as safety features.
“The improvement along NRJ-Bawang Provincial Road now facilitates easy access to beach destinations and supports the agricultural and fishing industries in the coastal town of Buug,” Villar said.