A July 6, 2011 press release by the Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is addressing infrastructure inadequacy in the island of Romblon as a step in reducing poverty and pushing the Philippines’ growth.
DPWH pushes road improvement in Romblon
In his report to Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Region 4-B Director Huillio B. Belleza said that they are presently undertaking the concreting of Guinhayaan-Malbog Port Road in Tablas Island, Romblon.
The project, which involved concrete paving of about 693 meters at a cost of P15 Million is expected to be completed by August 16, 2011.
The DPWH Romblon District Engineering Office, in line with “right project, right cost, right quality” management philosophy of the Department, is undertaking strict supervision and monitoring of the project under contract with Algimar Construction.
The Guinhayaan-Malbog Port Road project which is within the Tablas Circumferential Road is a combination of national and provincial roads leading to the port in the Municipality of Sta. Fe.
Belleza said that the Municipality of Sta. Fe served as the gateway to the tourism destination of Boracay Island via 30-minute pump-boat. The improvement of the road network will also boost the tourism development of Romblon Province.
In 2010, the DPWH implemented upgrading from gravel to concrete in rolling terrain of about 810 meters in the amount of P20 million. The project included construction of lined canal and slope protection works.
Stakeholders that include local officials and community residents, traversed by the project were thankful to the national government under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III as the project will not only benefit growth of tourism but will also facilitate better delivery of agricultural products to market centers.
Provision for access to tourism destinations, airports, ports, and agricultural food production areas and economic zones are among the road development priorities of the DPWH.