DPWH-ARMM signs contracts for Basilan, Sulu infra projects PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 August 2015 13:51

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)’s Department of Public Works and Highways is set to implement this year in Basilan and Sulu infrastructure projects worth more than P300 million.

The contract signing of the projects — port expansion of the Lamitan Seaport with RORO and the Jolo Port in Jolo, Sulu — was held Thursday at a hotel in Zamboanga City.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Mustapha Loong led the signing of the contracts with two construction companies represented by Reginald R. Santiago, vice president of C.S. Santiago Construction Co. Inc. (for the two port projects worth P194 million) and Engr. Leo Gales Lasacar, proprietor of L. G. Lasacar Construction Co. (for road projects in Basilan worth P135.8 million.

Sec. Loong said the first contract package )is a procurement of civil works on the expansion of the Lamitan Seaport Phase II with RORO in Basilan Province and the expansion of Jolo Port in Sulu Province. It has an Approved Budget of the Contract (ABC) of P194,000,000, of which P145,500,000 is allotted to the expansion of Lamitan Seaport Phase II with RORO, and P48,500,000 is allotted for the expansion of Jolo Port. The appropriation for these infrastructure projects fall under the CY 2015 Funds of DPWH-ARMM.

Loong said the expansion of the Lamitan Seaport is now on its second phase. The source of funds for the first expansion fell under CY 2012, with total appropriation of PHP 40,000,000 undertaken by the Basilan District Engineering Office by Administration. The Contract Package has beenawarded to the winning bidder, C.S. Santiago Construction Corp., Inc.

The second project awarded to L.G. Lasacar is Contract Package 4.0 which includes several road concreting projects in Ungkaya Pukan Municipality, Basilan Province, with a total length of 9.4 kms. CP 4.0 has an ABC of PHP 135,800,000.00, allotted separately to the following, to wit:

(1) P8,800,000.00 for the Concreting of Road from Tipo-Tipo Highway to Brgy. Sungkayut, Ungkaya Pukan (2.0 km Provincial Road);

(2) P27,160,000.00 for the Concreting of Brgy. Sungkayut to Brgy. Bohesuyat, Ungkaya Pukan (1.4 km Provincial Road);

(3) P11,640,000.00 for the Concreting of Ungkaya Pukan Highway Materling Tong Bato-Baloy Road (1.0 km Municipal Road); and

(4) P58,200,000.00 for Concreting of Amaloy-Matata-Ungkaya Pukan-Bucalao Road, Al Barka. (5.0 km Municpal Road)

Contract for this road projects was awarded to L.G. Lasacar Construction, the winning bidder.

Loong explained that both contract packages shall be of Design and Build nature. Hence, the contractors are given the responsibility in the design and the performance of the structures.

Based on its Physical Performance Report Status of Regular Infrastructure Projects CY 2015, DPWH-ARMM has planned a total length of 141.18 kms of road concreting projects for the province of Basilan; a total of 64.580 kms for Major Roads and 76.600 kms for Local Roads. As such, the Department has nine (9) on-going projects for Basilan Major Roads, with a length of 22.300 kms. Also, it has a number of eight (8) on-going projects for Basilan Local Roads, with a length of 13.500 kms. In its report, the department will soon start the implementation of 38 major and local road projects for Basilan.The implementation of these projects shall be monitored and coordinated with the Department and the Basilan District Engineering Office, headed by District Engineer Soler Undog.

The awarding and subsequent completion of these projects is critical to the progress in commerce of Basilan and Sulu provinces.

During the Pre-Bid Conference for the contract packages, Loong highlighted the impact of the projects, saying these contract packages are critical ports and important hubs for ARMM. The Lamitan and Jolo Seaports, in particular, are vital to economical progress as they figure at the centre for trade and commerce of the said island provinces.    He echoed the vision and agenda of ARMM Governor Mujiv S. Hataman in aiming for progress and development, in terms of infrastructure projects, not only in the mainland provinces but even more importantly in BASULTA area. With these on-going and soon to be implemented projects, Gov. Hataman intends to elevate the lives and status of the people of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, giving the Bangsamoro people a chance to be at the forefront of reform and be competitive with the rest of the country.

Both contracts signed on are  part of a total of seven contract packages intended for infrastructure projects for BASULTA provinces for CY 2015. Some projects have already been awarded, while the rest have been bidded out and are currently undergoing evaluation by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department. All seven contract packages, which are under the Design and Build Scheme, are in parallel to the marching mantra of the Hataman Administration of Reform Agenda and Tuwid na Daan policy.

Engr. Lasacar called the road projects in Ungkaya Pukan, an Abu Sayyaf and MILF controlled area, as the “Road to Peace”, saying that once finished will bring peace in the area and econnomic progress in the near future.