Borongan City Eastern Samar – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (ESDEO) is considering as among its top priorities the completion of all Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) funded projects being implemented in conflict-affected areas of Eastern Samar.
PAMANA is the government’s program through Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) that extends development interventions to isolated, hard-to-reach and conflict affected communities.
District Engineer Manolo Rojas, in a coordination meeting with National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), said that PAMANA projects are the biggest projects his office have so far implemented with construction packages amounting to as high as P100 million.
Ordinarily, DPWH’s district offices are only allowed to implement projects worth P50 million and below.
Assistant District Engineer Rudyard Lim said that these projects had been entrusted to ESDEO with the approval of the DPWH Central Office.
Currently, the district is implementing 7 projects under PAMANA 2015 and 2016 program. As of July 2016, accomplishments of 3 projects funded in 2015 are following: Concreting of a section of Maslog to Brgy. Carolina is at 51.4%; Concreting of a section of Can-avid town to Malogo, Brgy. Can-ilay Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) is at 55.71%; and Completion (concreting) of Brgy. Imelda, Lapinig, North Samar to Jipapad is at 98.50%.
Accomplishments of 2016 funded projects meanwhile are the following: Rehabilitation/ Improvement of Roads, sections from Brgy. Carolina, Can-avid-Brgy. Dampigan, Dolores-Maslog is 50%; Construction/Opening of Road, Camantang-Jepaco, Can-avid Access Road is 56.15%; Construction/Rehabilitation/ Improvement of FMR from Brgy. Roxas to SitioInuolanguhan, Mac Arthur is 85.19%; and Construction/Rehabilitation/Improvement of FMR from Brgy. Pingan to Brgy. Alang-alang, Mac Arthur is 25.69%.
Rojas and Lim said that the projects for 2013 and 2014 had already been completed as of June 2016.
The district engineer said that the significance of these FMR projects is to alleviate poverty, strengthen peace stability in the area and eventually increase production in terms of agricultural produce and ease the discomfort of the travelling public.
“This will also boost the social and economic growth in the area and as the province as a whole,” Rojas said.