Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., chair of the Senate Public Works Committee, wants to scrutinize the road projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
This developed as Marcos on Monday asked the DPWH to submit a copy of its master plan for the national road program of the country to the committee.
Marcos made the request during a briefing for the committee conducted by DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson and other officials of the agency.
“Is there a master plan for a countrywide road network? Can we have a copy of that?” Marcos asked Singson.
The senator likewise told Singson to include among the documents he would submit to the committee the plan for road widening, strengthening and improvement. Singson gave assurance he would submit all the necessary documents Marcos had asked for.
Marcos has been urging the government to pour more money for basic infrastructures, like road networks, to spur development in the country and ensure a solid foundation for inclusive economic growth.
During the briefing, Singson updated the committee on the “DPWH Strategic Infrastructure Policies and Programs.”
Based on 2012 Road Condition Data, total overall road network in the country consists of 2015,008 km., 31,598 km. total national road length, 0.72 km./sq. km. road density, 0.26 km./sq. km. paved road density, 0.27 overall paved road ratio, and 0.80 paved road ratio for national roads.
For 2014, the DPWH plans to implement asset preservation of national roads (1,200 km.), network development (659 km.), road upgrading (1,022 km.), and construction and maintenance of bridges along national roads (23,522 km.).
For flood management services, the agency has 274 projects in the pipeline for construction/maintenance of flood mitigation structures and drainage system and 119 projects for construction/rehabilitation of flood mitigation structures along major river basins and principal rivers.
DPWH also proposed for next year the construction/improvement of 819 km. of access roads leading to airports, seaports, and declared tourist destinations, construction of water supply/septage and sewage/rain collectors, and construction of accessibility facilities for physically challenged persons.