CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, July 19 (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) assures support to the development of the Cordillera Administrative Region.
"We are committed to a lifelong endeavor of championing the further development of the Cordillera Administrative Region through our infrastructure projects," DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in his speech read by DPWH-CAR Regional Director Tiburcio Canlas during the 32nd Cordillera Month celebration on July 15 at the Kalinga Sports Complex here.
"We promise to ensure inclusivity in our quest for genuine and lasting progress," he added.
Canlas said that the DPWH-CAR has prioritized roads infrastructure in the different areas in the Cordillera to help industries including tourism and trade which are among the booming industries in the region.
In Mountain Province, the DPWH prioritized two road projects namely the 9.44 kilometer Balili-Suyo-Sagada and the 9.85 km. Sabangan-Sagada roads to enable seamless travel leading to the popular destinations in Sagada and its nearby towns.
Under the Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) program, a convergence program with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which supports the growing industries of coffee, bamboo, food and feed crops, cutflowers and fruit trees, includes the Baguio-Bontoc-Road Madaymen Junction-Masala-Sagpat Road in Benguet.
Last year, the Regional Development Council endorsed 112 major road projects for 2019 funding to the secretaries of the DTI, Department of Tourism (DOT) and DPWH. 87 of these projects are under the DTI-DPWH ROLL IT while 25 projects are under the DOT-DPWH Convergence Program or the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP).
The TRIP is patterned from DTI-DOT-DPWH Convergence program that led to the construction and improvement of roads leading to tourism destinations. These projects are expected to promote economic growth and infrastructure development especially in Cordillera's remotest parts.
"These are some of the many projects of the DPWH that are surefire to uplift the lives of each and every single one of you. Indeed, with the government's "Build, Build, Build" projects at full throttle, we are fast-tracking our stride towards the golden age of infrastructure," Villar's message read.
DPWH officials led by Canlas with Kalinga Gov. Ferdinand Tubban and Cong. Allen Jesse Mangaoang also inaugurated two vital projects in the city namely the Bulanao protection overpass and primary Bulanao Bridge 1 implemented by the DPWH Lower Kalinga DEO headed by District Engineer David Buliyat.
Villar also called on all Cordillerans to enjoy the liberty that makes Cordillera and its culture stand the waves of change.
"Make it your own goal to always live by the essence of the chosen theme: "CAR @ 32: Building One Greater Cordillera." I hope that you continue to relish in prosperity as you pursue more worthwhile endeavors in the years to come," he said.
The RDC with the Committee on Infrastructure Development chaired by the DPWH-CAR spearheaded this year's celebration with Kalinga as the host province. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)