Rep. Franz Alvarez has vowed to push for the continuous funding of northern Palawan’s infrastructure projects in the national government’s annual budget.
Alvarez specifically assured officials of the four municipalities whose local roads are currently being built by the Department of Public Works and Highways of continuous funding.
The LGUs of Culion, Araceli-Dumaran island, Cuyo, and Dumaran mainland had previously appealed for a new round of funding for the continued concreting of their roads and building of bridges that was started this year.
Alvarez, supported by Appropriations Chairman Karlo Nograles, succeeded in securing a ₽200 Million budget for the initial construction of the roads during the deliberations of the 2018 General Appropriations Act last year.
“Pinatutupad lang natin ang pangako ni President Duterte na paunlarin ang mahihirap na kanayunan sa pamamagitan ng mahahalagang imprastruktura na tulad ng kalsada at mga tulay,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez said that the strategy is to get approval of initial funding no matter how small so that funding for the succeeding years will be assured. This, he explained, has allowed him to raise ₽50 Million each for Culion, Araceli-Dumaran island, Cuyo, and Dumaran mainland. Alvarez is optimistic that the amount for next year will be bigger.
The national government does not ordinarily provide budget for the building of local infrastructure. Alvarez, however, said he was able to justify the funding on the basis of the President’s commitment.
The National Expenditure Program for 2019 that includes the budget for projects in the First Congressional District is expected to be submitted by the President to Congress after his State of the Nation Address on July 23.
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