SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
16 September 2021 01:00:18 PM
The House Committee on Appropriations, in a hybrid meeting presided over by Vice Chairperson Rep. Francisco Jose Matugas II (1st District, Surigao del Norte), swiftly terminated on Thursday the briefing on the 2022 budget proposal of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) amounting to P685.237 billion. Several lawmakers expressed gratitude and support to the DPWH and Secretary Mark Villar for efficiently attending to the needs of their constituents. Rep. Hector Sanchez (Lone District, Catanduanes) also pushed for the augmentation of the agency’s proposed funding to better implement its initiatives, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. For her part, DPWH Undersecretary Maria Catalina Cabral cited that the DPWH has allocated P216.064 billion to ensure a safe and reliable national road system, as well as P109.792 billion geared at protecting lives and properties against major floods. Meanwhile, these are among the accomplishments of the agency in 2021: 1) 6.5 million jobs generated, 2) 29,264 kilometres of roads built, improved, and rehabilitated, 3) 11,340 flood control projects completed, 4) 150,149 classrooms and 222 evacuation centers constructed, and 5) 727 quarantine and isolation facilities established. Cabral noted that the DPWH continues to be committed in carrying out the Build, Build, Build Program. In 2021, the agency ensured the effective implementation of its 1) Traffic Decongestion Program, 2) Integrated and Seamless Transport System, 3) Convergence and Rural Road Development Program, and 4) Livable, Sustainable, and Resilient Communities.