DPWH aims to complete Marawi road in December

THE Department of Public Works and Highways is optimistic that the on-going rehabilitation of the 18.97 kilometer Marawi Transcentral Road in Lanao Del Sur will be completed by December this year despite nearly two months of suspended construction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office Operations & Technical Services Emil K. Sadain said that progress of works on the 18.97-kilometer Marawi Transcentral Road Project under stage 1 of the reconstruction and development plan for Greater Marawi has restarted to accelerate with the resumption on May 4 of construction activities.

Funded under the P970-million grant from the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency, the ongoing Marawi Transcentral Road Project  which is clustered into three contract packages has made remarkable progress since work resumed to complete the project.

Acting on Sadain’s instructions during a recent meeting with UPMO Project Directors, Project Director Virgilio Castillo and Project Manager Francisco Sawali of UPMO-Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral) exhorted the Marawi road contractors to step up construction activities and compensate for the time lost during area lockdown to improve work progress and eventually advance the completion of the project which is expected by June 2021.

Sadain, DPWH Focal Person in the Inter-Agency Task Force Bangon Marawi, said the DPWH UPMO-RMC1 immediately coordinated with the contractors upon lifting of local community lockdown in Marawi City to resume work, subject to compliance with DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar’s issued construction safety guidelines for the implementation of infrastructure projects during the “new normal” so that the road project can be completed soonest.

Based on latest accomplishment report, contract package 1A is now 24 percent completed with 5.6 kilometers of single lane paved road and 480 linear meter of concrete lined canal.

The CP-1A under contractors Unimasters Conglomeration, Inc./M.M.A. Achiever Const. &Dev’t Corp./CDH Construction/Flying Seven Construction (JV) cover the two sections of Bacong-Iligan-Marawi Road with a total length of 9.41 kilometers

Five road sections of Bacong-Poona-Marantao-Marawi Road, GMA Terminal Access, Marawi-Cadre-New Capitol Road, Marcos Boulevard, and Idarus Road, with combined length of 5.45 kilometers comprises CP-1B which is 46 percent completed by contractors Al Hussein Const. / N.B. Sabo Const. (JV).

On the other hand, CP-2 with a total length of 4.11 kilometers covering two road sections of MSU-GMA Terminal Road and Lumidong-AmaipakpakRoad, is 35 percent completed by contractor Kouzbary Builders with 4.58 kilometers of single lane concrete pavement and 400 lineal meters of paved shoulder.

In line with the efforts for the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi City, DPWH will also soon implement other significant development projects in Marawi City and its surrounding areas to ensure better mobility that will propel economic activity and support the revitalization of socio economic conditions.

Sadain reported that under detailed engineering design stage is the P12.86-billion MarawiTranscentral Roads Phase 3 (stage 3) with a total length of 23.9 kilometers together with the 19.9 kilometers Marawi City Ring Road to be funded by signed loan agreement with JICA under the Road Network Development Project in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao or RNDP-CAAM.

RNDP-CAAM also includes the construction of new roads to link inaccessible communities of Maguindanao Province that will contribute to the consolidation of peace in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region particularly the 35 kilometers Parang-Balabagan Road, 7 kilometers Parang East Diversion Road, and 16.8 kilometers Manuangan-Parang Road.

Also under detailed engineering design stage is the P6.84 Billion Asian Development Bank loan for the Transcentral Roads Phase 4 (stage 2) with a total length of 21.87 kilometers including construction of 1.6 kilometer Malabang Viaduct, construction of three (3) bridges along Rorogagus Road, and five (5) other projects listed under the BangonMarawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan.

Data gathering for the feasibility studies of Malabang Viaduct is on-going with detailed engineering design expected to commence by November 2020.