The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has successfully bid out 91 percent or 2,227 of the 2,452 infrastructure projects slated for FY 2012, with 87 percent or 2,132 of these projects already given Notices to Proceed.
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad confirmed that DPWH posted these accomplishments as of end-May, adding that a total of 815 local infrastructure projects have already been reported as completed.
“We’re very pleased to note that nearly all local infrastructure projects have been bid out by the DPWH, and that a sizeable number of these projects have likewise been issued Notices to Proceed. This will certainly allow the DPWH to absorb the construction of more infrastructure projects in the second semester of the year,” Abad said.
“The DPWH’s accomplishments are well-timed, given that the monsoon season has begun and the need to step up public construction is particularly urgent. We can therefore expect more progress in the completion of key infrastructure projects in the coming months,” he added.
Of the total number of projects identified, 1,967 projects costing below P50 million have already been given Notices to Proceed, while 162 projects costing P50 million to P150 million—as well as 3 projects worth more than P150 million—have been given the go signal.
The issuance of Notices to Proceed on these projects will allow the DPWH to incur the necessary obligations and receive the corresponding funds to jump-start project execution. Appropriations for projects with Notices to Proceed now amount to P48.23 billion, 75 percent of the total programmed amount of P64.65 billion under the 2012 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
“These encouraging figures were made possible by key measures pushed by the Aquino administration to speed up the implementation of infrastructure projects. For instance, the DPWH was tasked to bid out all infrastructure programs short of award by the end of 2011. This allowed the agency to begin the implementation of several programs the moment the new fiscal year began,” Abad said.
Abad also confirmed that an additional P5 billion is being validated for national roads leading to tourism zones for implementation in the second semester.
“The roads will not only improve the exchange of goods and key social services, but will also increase access to tourism zones, which contribute significantly to the economy and provide immediate benefits to communities in tourism zones,” Abad said.