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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 24 (PIA) -- The Infrastructure Committee of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in this province had approved multi-million interior road concreting projects and a huge health facility. The construction of most of the projects is underway while some are due for implementation this year.

Financing for the projects of eight countryside road concreting and the provincial hospital construction - were either sourced out from the province's own coffers, or from outside borrowings, said Provincial Board Member Albert Esclamado.

In an interview at the weekly provincial report cable TV program where he was guest in behalf of Vice-Gov. Sheffered Tan, Esclamado reported that the new provincial hospital, now functional in barangay Dongon, had a total outlay of P 280 Million, in which P 50 Million came from an assistance given by the Department of Health (DOH) and the rest from borrowings.

A provincial road traversing the cross-country section from barangay Sto. Nino in Maasin up to barangay Pacu in Bontoc town, a project now ongoing, has a total budget of P 101 Million in four tranches taken from provincial funds, Esclamado said.

He said portions of this road have been re-blocked as work is now ongoing at a cost of P7.5 Million. The money was taken from the province's share of the Road Users Tax, known as Special Road Fund.

A bridge connecting barangay Tigbawan in Maasin to another barangay of the same name, Tigbawan, at the Malitbog side, is being constructed for P4.9 million, while another road connecting barangay Mahalo to Kagingkingan in Anahawan is also underway for P3 million through local funds, Esclamdo said.

Among the projects due for implementation within the year 2015 is the World Bank-funded San Roque-Bahay road in Liloan, for P230 Million, Escalamado said, adding that all papers for this infra project were already submitted in Manila.

Also about to be started within the year are the Bagtican-Lonoy-Tigbawan road in Maasin, P50 million, San Vicente-Hilaan road in Bontoc, P45 million, and Cambite-Rizal, Tomas Oppus road, P50 million. All the funds for construction are to be sourced from external borrowings.

Escalamado stressed that one of the main tasks in the provincial council has always been to provide legislative support to the vision of the executive branch of the province, so that developments, especially in the infrastructure committee where he handled, can be undertaken. (ajc/esg/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)