MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte March 3 (PIA) - Southern Leyte will get additional funds for infrastructure development increasing the actual budget to P1.8 billion this year.

  In a press release of the Department of Public Works and Highways dated February 27, 2017, Southern Leyte District Engineering Office Chief Engr. Ma. Margarita C. Junia said more infrastructure projects have been added to the list under the 2017 General Appropriations Act from the proposed P1.7 billion to P1.8 billion.   Among these are the P50 million to kick off the proposed P1.5 billion Maasin Coastal Bypass Road, additional Ph11 million for the ongoing construction of DPWH Southern Leyte building in Barangay Ibarra, P5 million to finance the modification of off carriageway improvement along national road linking Sogod town and Maasin City, and P500,000 for the ongoing opening of San Ricardo-Liloan Circumferential Road.   Junia lauded Southern Leyte Representative Roger Mercado for ensuring the inclusion of additional budget to the General Appropriations Act, the  press release also stated.   The 2017 approved budget is P500 million higher than the P1.3 billion allocation than last year, it added.   The projects with approved special authority are P109.43 million slope protection along critical road sections in Sogod town, P100 million road opening and construction of bridges for San Ricardo-Liloan Circumferential Road, P179.95 million road widening and drainage system in various national road sections.   Also included are P115 million Boundary Southern Leyte- Maasin City- Macrohon road upgrading and P235.79 million road widening and drainage system in various national road sections in the province, it was learned. (ajc/DPWH SoLeyte/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)