Eight road and bridge projects will soon be in full swing at Zamboanga Peninsula as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) allots almost 11 billion for the infrastructure development, Business Mirror reported.
The agency recently opened the bidding, encouraging civil works contractors to send their proposals for the following projects:
- Gutalac-Baliguian Alternative Road
- RT Lim-Siocon Road in Zamboanga del Norte
- Curuan-Sibuco Road in Zamboanga City and Zamboanga del Norte
- Siay-Gapol Road
- Guicam Bridge in Zamboanga Sibugay
- Lalil-Sikkiat Bridge
- Tongsinah-Paniongan Bridge
- Malassa-Lupa Pula Bridge
The bidding process for the first five projects mentioned will happen within the first quarter of this year, since the pre-bid conference is on February 27. The submission of proposals, meanwhile, will be on March 17. As for the last three projects mentioned, the procurement process will commence in the second quarter of 2020.
The Gutalac-Baliguian Alternative Road consists of 7.18 kilometers of concrete road with seven bridges. It costs about P1.11 billion. Spanning over 24.52 kilometers with seven bridges, the paved RT Lim-Siocon Road amounts to P2.03 billion. Meanwhile, the 1.91 billion Curuan-Sibuco Road stretches for 33.03 kilometers with two bridges.
With an estimated budget of P1.37 billion, the Siay-Gapol Road extends 18.93 kilometers and has three bridges. The Guicam Bridge, which covers 667.20 meters, connecting Lutiman, Zamboanga Sibugay and Olutanga Port, also features 540.80 meters of road, and costs roughly P1.19 billion.
Meanwhile, the P1.2 billion Lalil-Sikkiat Bridge extends for 380.80 lineal meters. The Tongsinah-Paniongan Bridge also covers 380.80 lineal meters for P1.46 billion. Lastly, the P680 million Malassa-Lupa Pula Bridge stretches for 480.60 lineal meters.
While these projects are up for procurement, other initiatives are already under construction. This includes Alicia-Malangas Road and Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road in Zamboanga Sibugay; and the Tampilisan-Sandayong Road in Zamboanga del Norte.
Better Transport Network
These big-ticket infrastructure developments in Zamboanga are part of the Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project (IGCMRSP). Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the initiative aims to improve road transportation in the Southern Philippines region and spur a more vibrant economic activity.
According to ADB’s data sheet, the project covers national primary, secondary, and tertiary roads in Mindanao. It includes road widening, paving, and repairs, as well as replacement and strengthening of bridges. Infrastructures will also be equipped with structural and non-structural features, such as elevated pavement levels, improved maintenance of drainage, and better slope protection. They will be built to withstand climate change.
ADB is optimistic that the improvement of roads in Mindanao will result in the development of different key industries in the region, particularly agribusiness, ecotourism, and logistics. This is crucial in the country’s contribution to regional partnership efforts, such as those in the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
Greater Accessibility for Zamboanga
Aside from road development projects, the province of Zamboanga will also stand to benefit from the new local airport that will soon start construction. According to the latest report from Business World, the national government allocated an initial P300 million for the purchase of the land. The location of the aviation hub is approximately 17 kilometers outside the city center.
According to Airport-Technology, the construction project of the new airport will include building a new terminal, jet bridges, modern control tower, new taxiways and aprons. To serve larger aircrafts, there’s also a plan to construct a 3,440-meter runway. Authorities also plan to refurbish lighting and security equipment. Once completed, the aviation hub can serve up to eight million passengers a year.
The total amount of the project is estimated at P9.9 billion. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III commended the move to build the new airport in a “new, more viable location.”
The general manager of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Zamboanga, Antonio Alfonso, also backs the idea of transferring the facility, according to the Philippine News Agency (PNA). He said that this will pave the way for complying with the design and space standards set for an international airport.
The current airport, meanwhile, has a single terminal building that accommodates 400 passengers every day. Its apron stretches over 30,000 square meters, with two 25-meter taxiways. It can accommodate four Airbus A320s and eight heavier aircrafts at the same time. Refurbished in 2008, the runway was extended from 1,372 meters to 2,610, and was paved with asphalt.
Sources: Business Mirror, ADB, Business World, Philippine News Agency, Airport-Technology.com
Main photo via DPWH