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Labo bypass road fast-tracked

Raymart Lolo

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The Department of Public Works and Highways is speeding up the construction of the 5.16-kilometer bypass road project in the town of Labo, Camarines Norte after it has been assured of continuous funding until completion.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said the road project ,which will bypass traffic in downtown Labo, resumed works in 2018 and has since received funding in 2019 and 2020 General Appropriations Act (GAA) with P75 million and P100 million allocation, respectively.

“So far, we have completed a total of a 1.49 kilometer, 2-lane road and a 150-linear meter bridge component. We are now fast-tracking implementation of the ongoing 0.56-kilometer road section and we will soon start another 1.2-kilometer section under the 2020 GAA,” Villar said.

With the multi-year allocation since 2018, Secretary Villar said the bypass road project will require P158 million to complete its 1.91-kilometer remaining gap.

“This last section will be included the 2021 budget proposal of DPWH Camarines Norte District Engineering Office,” Villar said.

The P683 Million Labo Bypass Road Project involves the construction of a 5.16-kilometer road that will bypass the busy Daang Maharlika or Manila South Road in downtown Labo by traversing a mountainous terrain crossing Busig-on River.

Upon its completion, the road will serve thousands of road users traversing Daang Maharlika, which is the gateway to other parts of Bicol Region towards Mindanao.

Meanwhile, the DPWH also shared that the construction of the P101.8-million flood mitigation project along the downstream portion of Ampayon Section in Butuan City is also being fast-tracked.
DPWH said the Butuan City flood control project is now 89 percent complete.

“Once the second phase is completed, flooding along Ampayon section will be totally addressed”, said DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office Operations and Technical Services Emil K. Sadain.

“DPWH aims to fully develop this area as flood-free because this is the eyed location for the city’s industrial zone,” he added.

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