DPWH-ARMM proposes P20B infra funds for 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:00

By ED GENERAL

The DPWH-ARMM has proposed over P20 billion infrastructure funds for next year’s budget in support of peace and development of the Hataman Administration in line with President Aquino’s social contract in forging just and lasting peace.

Next year’s infrastructure funds is set to a target height in order to enable public works to complete national, provincial, arterial and secondary road concreting especially in conflict affected areas.

To show his confidence to ARMM officials, President Aquino on July 2015 submitted to the House of Representatives and Senate P54.5 billion proposed budget for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as part of the quantity included in the proposed P3.002 trillion proposed national budget for next year.

Under his watch, the ARMM budget tripled —  from P10.4 billion in 2010, as quickly as he took over from the Arroyo administration, to P29.4 billion of infrastructure subsidies in 2016.

Additionally, the national government agencies would spend P25.1 billion in socio-economic services and projects in the autonomous region.

This huge budget was crafted for the first time in the autonomous region after the government and the MILF signed the peace agreement.

DPWH- ARMM Secretary Don Mustapha Loong said the 2016 proposed Infrastructure budget has two components —  a P10 billion“within the ceiling” and another P10 billion “above the ceiling” intended to close the gap between other regions and ARMM in terms of infrastructure development that will finally benefit even the most isolated and most conflict affected areas of the region.

In a meeting of ARMM officials, Secretary Loong updated the Regional Economic Development  and Planning Board (REDPB) on ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman Administration’s proposed budget for infrastructure in 2016.

Projects within the ceiling amount to P10.103 billion consists of Construction/Rehabilitation of 485.726 Kms of major and local roads and 46 bridges; expansion/rehabilitation of 25 seaports and 54 water supply projects; construction of 41 shore/slope protection and construction of flood control and drainage structures.

While additional projects “above the ceiling” will cost P10 billion that consists of construction/rehabilitation of 577.137 Kms of major and local roads and 26 bridges; expansion and rehabilitation of 1 seaport and 1 water supply project; and construction of 9 shore/slope protection works.

At present, the proposed “above the ceiling” project is lodged with the national DPWH. Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman has sent a letter to national DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson stating that the “above the ceiling” proposed infra of DPWH-ARMM must be implemented by DPWH Region IX,X and XII in close coordination with ARMM DPWH.

The proposed national budget is double the budget of the past six years, from P1.541 trillion of the 2010 General Appropriations Act (GAA) to the P3.002 trillion planned for next year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said.

It is also 15.2 percent higher than the 2015 GAA. On the other hand, the GDP share of 19.5 percent in 2016 will take up a larger share of the economy as compared to 18.7 percent of the GDP in 2015 and 16.4 percent of the GDP (actual obligations) in 2010.

As such, the Department of Education was given the biggest allocation in terms of appropriation to agencies in the executive branch at P435.9 billion, followed by the DPWH at P394.5 billion.