Villanueva questions 1,257% hike in DPWH’s feasibility research funds2 min read

 Department of Public Works and Highways



MANILA, Philippines — Senate Majority Chief Joel Villanueva on Tuesday questioned the 1,257 p.c improve within the Division of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) allocation for feasibility research subsequent fiscal 12 months. 

A fast look into the DPWH’s proposed P822.200 billion allocation for subsequent 12 months exhibits that at the very least P15.912 billion would go to the company’s feasibility research. 

This proposed appropriation is 1,257 p.c larger than the DWPH’s allocation for a similar merchandise in 2023. 

However this didn’t sit effectively with Villanueva, who requested for a proof from DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan.

“We wanted this quantity for challenge preparations and preliminary engineering actions. Earlier than we truly begin the challenge, we have to implement area validation. We name this pre feasibility examine or preliminary or detailed engineering design,” mentioned Bonoan. 

The proposed allocation, if accepted, will probably be distributed in all areas throughout the nation, Bonoan mentioned.

Later within the listening to, Villanueva requested Bonoan if a portion of the proposed P15.912 billion for  feasibility research can be allotted to check the results of reclamation.

“Hindi po, I can’t recall.” (No, Sir. I can’t recall),’ Bonoan replied.

Villanueva earlier aired out his frustration over the reclamation initiatives in Manila Bay. 

The senator, a Bulacan native, claimed that reclamation initiatives are among the many components that prompted large and constant flooding in weak areas like his hometown province.

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