MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte October 23 (PIA) - Twenty six out of 96 infrastructure projects woth P272.22 Million has been bid out last week by Department of Public Works and Highways- Southern Leyte District Engineering Office, according to the SLDEO Press Release (PR) dated October 16.

The press release said that Assistant District Engineer Allan Eway reported that 26 infra projects have already gone through the bidding prcess, however, the awarding of contract will be done by January 2016 yet.

He disclosed that of the 26 bid out projects, 21 are bridges and five are roads.

That DPWH -SLDEO aims to complete the bidding process within this quarter so that implementation of public infractructure projects can proceed on the early part of 2016, the press release further reported.

That the conduct of early bidding activities is in support to the administration;s goal of sustaining the country's strong economic growth through public infrastructure spending and development, Eway further quoted.

According to the PR, the proposed 2016 infrastructure projects as based in the National Expenditure Program, the district office is tasked to implement infra projects worth P1.45 Billion.

The budget will cover Php160.6 Million for rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of national highways, Php209.21 Million improvements and widening of national roads, construction of missing gaps, off-carriageway improvement and Php596.97 M for construction and maintenance of bridges along national highways.

Also listed are P27.29 Million for construction and maintenance of flood mitigation structures and drainage systems, P320 Million for improvement of access road leading to tourist destinations, and P 90 Million construction and repair of various infrastructure including local projects, the PR added. (mmp/with reports from DPWH-SLDEO, esg/PIA8 SoLeyte