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P12.5-B WV infra projects 50% complete

Iloilo City — The P12.5 billion worth of government infrastructure projects undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) in Western Visayas region this year are half way done.

DPWH-6 Assistant Regional Director Jose Al Fruto was referring to the status of 604 infrastructure projects in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Iloilo provinces as of September 30.

DPWH-6 is urging private contractors to reach the target rate of construction or repair before the year ends.

Fruto said DPWH-6’s priority projects include widening of the national highway leading to the country’s premier beach destination of Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.

Other priority projects are the Circumferential Road in Roxas City, Capiz province and road widening in the city and province of Iloilo.  Both projects aim to decongest heavy traffic.

Meanwhile, DPWH-6 will activate “Lakbay Alalay” on October 28 for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. DPWH-6 Regional Director Wenceslao Leaño Jr. said work on all major projects will be temporarily halted to clear national roads, especially the ones leading to cemeteries.