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DPWH improves road network in Zamboanga del Norte – Manila Bulletin

The Department of Public Works and Roads (DPWH) has improved the road link between the towns of Dipolog and Pagadian.

DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado said the new direct link between the towns of Dipolog and Pagadian bypassing Ipil in the Zamboanga Peninsula will not only help motorists reduce travel time, but also significantly boost the economic progress in the south.

Mercado received the latest report following a visit by the Undersecretary for Operations of the Unified Project Management Office (UPMO), Emil K. Sadain, to the Tampilisan-Sandayong road.

He said the improvement made is for the combined barangay and municipal roads to the standard specification of a secondary national road in Zamboanga del Norte which is expected to improve agricultural, commercial and commercial activities.

“Now, at the end of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s presidency, improving the Tampilisan-Sandayong road is one of the legacy projects of this administration’s ‘Build Build Build’ initiative that will alleviate poverty by supporting the movement of people, goods and services to and from communities,” Sadain said.

The said flagship infrastructure project is one of the roads of the Growth Corridor Improvement Project in the Mindanao Road Sector (IGCMRSP) financed by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (AfDB).

Its implementation falls under the DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) of Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim.

Sadain, responsible for the implementation of the “Build Build Build” program, carried out a site inspection on Friday February 18 to assess the actual progress of work on the entire 17.58 kilometer project.

The road project extends from the junction of the Dipolog-Ipil national road and the Sto. The road to Nino barangay ends at the junction of the road to Barangay Sandayong with the road to Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.

During the inspection, the contractor and the consulting firm involved in the project, also known as lot PR-07, were ordered to expedite the work in progress and rectify the defects that crept in during the construction.

In addition to upgrading the road by leveling and concreting with paved shoulders, the project involves the replacement/construction of three bridges, including slope protection works, and the provision of a concrete culvert reinforced and with a pipe culvert.