MANILA – A road network improvement project by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will pave the way for a revitalized economy for the Islamic city of Marawi in Lanao Del Sur.
In his report to DPWH Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan, Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain said the rehabilitation and reconstruction of an additional 18.78 kilometers of Marawi Trans-Central Roads, consisting of 13 road sections, is underway. and should be completed by the last quarter. of 2022.
This Marawi Transcentral Roads Phase 3 Contract Package 3 project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Loan Financing for Road Network Development Project in Areas Conflict-Affected Mindanao (RNDP-CAM) will improve traffic flow, provide people with better access to goods and services, and open up livelihood and development opportunities, Under Secretary Sadain added.
During his July 29, 2022 field inspection, Undersecretary Sadain instructed the contractors to expedite on-site activities by mobilizing adequate resources for concurrent works, especially in good weather.
He further directed Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista and Project Manager Francisco M. Sawali of the DPWH Implementation Unit UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral) to monitor day-to-day work activities to catch up with delays caused by adverse weather conditions, imposition of restriction in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and scarcity of available materials/supplies.
Marawi Trans-Central Highway Project Phase 3 Contract Lot 3 has the following status: Lot 3A with a total length of 4.87 kilometers comprising Cabingan-MSU Campus-Amai Pakpak Avenue (Route 6), MSU Campus- Matampay-Marantao Road (Route 7), and Rapasa-Bayaba Road (Route 20) 55% under contract with Fiat Construction Services/MMA Achiever Const. & Dev’t. Corp; Lot 3B with a total length of 4.92 kilometers including the Emie-Sagonsongan-Linao-Lantian road (road 9-1), the MSU-Bubo road (road 13) and the Rantian-Paling road (road 14) at 60 % under contract with Kouzbary Builders/Renren Trading and Const. Services; Lot 3C with a total length of 4.34 kilometers including Linao-Alinan road (road 15), Emie-Sagunsungan-Linao-Rantian road (road 9-2), Rorogagus-Mipaga road (road 25) and Bito -Mipaga-Marawi Road (Road 26) 70% under contract with Al Hussein Construction; and Lot 3D with a total length of 4.65 km comprising the Bacong-Poona-Marantao-Marawi road (road 2-3), the Bito-Rorogagus-Guimba road (road 11); and Tampilong Road (route 28) at 42% under contract with CDH Construction.
As the Operations Manager of the DPWH’s Unified Project Management Office (UPMO), Undersecretary Sadain oversees the operational activities of ODA-funded high-budget flagship infrastructure projects.
Meanwhile, a consultation meeting between the DPWH, relevant government agencies and local government units, and other stakeholders was held on July 28, 2022 for the planned Marawi Ring Road project.
The 19.8 kilometer Marawi Peripheral Road Project will be located in the municipalities of Marantao, Piagapo, Saguiaran and Marawi Town in Lanao Del Sur and is also included in the project for the development of the road network in the areas affected by the conflict in Mindanao funded by JICA.