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DTI, DPWH seek P6.8-billion budget for road infrastructure projects

Louella Desiderio - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are seeking a P6.8-billion budget for infrastructure projects in priority economic and manufacturing zones next year.

In a statement yesterday, the DTI said the agencies have proposed a budget of P6.8 billion for 179 projects for access roads next year under the Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) program.

For this year, the ROLL IT program has a budget of P12.6 billion for 229 projects for the construction and upgrade of access roads.

The program started in November 2016 following an agreement signed by the DTI and the DPWH.

Under the ROLL IT program, the two agencies would collaborate in planning, budgeting, advocating for legislation, identification, evaluation, prioritization, regulation, supervision, implementation, and monitoring of infrastructure projects in priority economic and manufacturing zones in the country.

Through the program, the aim is to have better road infrastructure to link the industries.

It is also expected to help facilitate trade and create more jobs in rural areas through the dispersal of industries from urban areas.

The two agencies recently conducted a meeting and workshop to discuss the status of ongoing projects under the program.

Both agencies also made suggestions on how to further improve the implementation of the program.

“We continue to share data and updates as to what happened for the last two years of the program on budget preparation and implementation and what to include in these discussions so that for the third year of the ROLL-IT, we hope budget proposals and preparations will be much smoother,” DTI ROLL IT chairperson Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa said.

She said both agencies intend to continue the program.

“This is a five-year program and the objective (is) to develop the countryside, disperse the economic activities for the development of the whole country,” she said.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY
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