Soccsksargen gets P488-M more for road projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has endorsed for funding some PHP488.9 million worth of road projects in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) under the 2020 Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP).

Josephine Leysa, DILG-12 director, said Friday a total of 13 road concreting and upgrading projects have been approved for implementation in the region based on a report from the agency’s Office of Project Development Services (OPDS).

Leysa said the road projects, which were already transmitted to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the release of the funds, have a combined length of 29.365 km.

“Four projects each will be implemented in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat, three in Sarangani, and two in North Cotabato,” she said in a report.

Leysa said the 13 projects were endorsed by the agency after the proponent provinces “satisfactorily complied” with the requirements set in the special provisions of the 2020 General Appropriations Act.

She said the CMGP funding was included in the Local Government Support Fund of the DILG.

Based on a letter signed by DILG-OPDS Director Rolyn Zambales, Soccsksargen was the first region that has complied with the program requirements, Leysa said.

The approved projects in South Cotabato are the upgrading of the junction national highway-San Vicente-Malaya-Lamkot road in Banga town; the Tampakan-Maltana-Cebuano and Tampakan-Sta. Cruz-Topland boundary roads in Tampakan; and the Centrala-Naci-Lambontong road in Surallah.

In Sultan Kudarat, approved were the concreting of the national highway junction Ala-Salabaca-New Panay Road in Esperanza; the Bambad-Kudanding-Sampao road (Arsenio portion) Phase II in Bambad, Isulan; the Gansing-Katiko road in President Quirino; and the national highway junction Matiompong-Lambayong Road (Katitisan-Matiompong section) in Barangay Katitisan, Lambayong.

The three road projects in Sarangani are the concreting of the national highway junction Malbang-Boundary Tboli provincial road phase II in Maasim; the national highway junction Lun Padidu-Daan Suyan-Upper Suyan provincial road phase IV in Malapatan; and the national highway junction Maribulan-Alegria provincial road in Alabel.

Approved for North Cotabato were the concreting of the Carmen-Maridagao road in Carmen and the Mateo-Linangkob-San Roque road in Kidapawan City.

Leysa advised the four local governments to check with the Bureau of the Treasury for the issuance of the Notice of Authority to Debit Account Issued. (PNA)

Article on the FY 2020 CMGP projects of SOCCSKARGEN taken from the Philippine News Agency website at

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