URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan: Secretary Mark Villar on Monday commended officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 1, headed by Regional Director Ronnel Tan, for their outstanding performance in the implementation of various infrastructure projects within their respective jurisdictions.

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and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar (left, wearing a blue shirt) formally opens the marker for the newly constructed bypass road in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan that aims to ease traffic in the city proper. Also at the inauguration and blessing of the road on Monday are (from left) DPWH Region 1 Director Ronnel Tan; Pangasinan Fifth District Board Member Chinky Perez-Tababa, representing Gov. Amado Espino 3rd; Fifth District Rep. Ramon Guico 3rd; and
DPWH Senior Undersecretary for Regional Operations in Luzon Rafael Yabut. PHOTO BY JAIME G. AQUINO

The DPWH chief made the statement during the inauguration and blessing of the newly constructed 7-kilometer bypass road worth more than P1.8 billion in Urdaneta City on Jan. 18, 2021, noting that Tan is one of the top-performing regional directors of the DPWH.

Villar also commended the DPWH officials of Region 1 because they have not been linked to alleged corruption, ghost projects and connivance with contractors and politicians for getting kickbacks from infrastructure deals.

“Malinis po ang implementasyon ng mga proyekto ng ating mga district engineers sa Region 1. Kaya wala silang anomalya pagdating sa awarding ng mga projects sa mga nanalong kontratista (District engineers in Region 1 have implemented projects free from corruption. That is why there have not been involved in any anomalies when it comes to awarding of projects to winning contractors),” Villar said.

He announced that more bypass-road, bridge, flood-control and school-building projects under the “Build, Build, Build” centerpiece program of President Rodrigo Duterte will be implemented this year.

Villar said the DPWH, for example, plans an extension of the bypass road from Urdaneta City to Binalonan town.

He added that he had approved the release of P400,000 in additional funds for the construction of bike lanes, among others.

Present at the inauguration and blessing of the bypass road were Simplicio Gonzales, “Outstanding District Engineer” at the fourth district engineering office based in Santa Barbara town; Editha Manuel, district engineer of the second district engineering office, based in Lingayen town; and Marieta Mendoza, district engineer of the first district engineering office, based in Alaminos City.

Tan said the newly built, six-laned bypass road from Barangay Nancayasan to Barangay Anonas in Urdaneta City was started on Feb. 28, 2014 during the incumbency of then-Fifth District representative Carmen Kimi Cojuangco and was continued during the term of then-representative Amado Espino Jr.

The bypass road has four bridges ‒ Macalong, Mitura 1, Mitura 2 and Camantiles ‒ lighted by solar-powered lamps.

Tan said the road will benefit about 38,000 motorists daily.

From Urdaneta City, Villar went to Tondaligan Beach in Dagupan City to inspect the ongoing construction of another bypass road.

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