Iloilo to benefit from P6.5-B KALSADA program

Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Photo by Clark VIllaruel Antiquiera
Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Photo by Clark VIllaruel Antiquiera

The province of Iloilo is among the recipients of the P6.5-billion Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan at Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA) program of President Benigno Aquino III.

Under the Kalsada program, 15 of the 18-kilometer provincial road traversing the towns of Anilao, Dingle, and San Enrique will be paved to help foster economic growth in the area.

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., in a media interview, said the concreting of the said provincial road will cost P167 million. Of the amount, P117 million will be shouldered by the National Government and P50 million will come from the Provincial Government.

“We just got the funds and we are now preparing the documents for bidding before the election ban takes effect,” Defensor disclosed.

The governor said the inclusion of Iloilo as pilot site for KALSADA program provides various economic opportunities given the province’s potential as investment and tourism destination in the region.

“This is our last best chance to have our provincial roads concreted. If I will not take advantage of this opportunity, I might lose the chance,” re-electionist Defensor said.

This year, the Department of Public Works and Highways has earmarked P38.5 billion in infrastructure development in Western Visayas and 58 percent of which goes to Iloilo.

Costing a total of P795 million, six farm-to-market roads will also be paved here this year through the help of Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

Among the projects is the longest farm-to-market road in Visayas, the 28-kilometer Imbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemumua-Agahon farm-to-market road in Passi City. PR/IMT

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