The Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recently completed an infrastructure project in the country’s capital, Manila. 

The development is aimed at enhancing connectivity between two agricultural barangays in Polangui, Albay.

DPWH Regional Office 5 director Virgilio Eduarte reported to secretary Manuel Bonoan that the Albay 3rd District Engineering Office (DEO) had turned over the two-lane concrete paved road. 

The Polangui local road project was executed by the DPWH Albay 3rd DEO, led by OIC-district engineer Cornelio Relativo, with an investment of 50m pesos ($892,251). 

This recently constructed road project spans 1.87km and links Gotob and Pinagdapugan. 

The project includes road shoulders, lined canals, box culverts for drainage, and slope protection in key areas.  

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For added safety, solar-powered LED lights have been installed along the entire stretch to improve nighttime visibility. 

The DPWH has also replaced an unstable makeshift bridge in Barangay 176, Caloocan City, with a new, sturdier concrete structure.  

DPWH National Capital region director Loreta Malaluan informed Bonoan that the bridge now provides a connection between Bigaa Street and Malanting Street. 

It was implemented by the DPWH Metro Manila 3rd DEO.

Malaluan said: “I was informed that the residents in the area used to cross an improvised bridge made from scrap metals. The makeshift bridge was also built below flood level, making it hardly passable during the rainy season.  

“With the completion of this new bridge, these issues have been addressed and more road users now have a safer alternative route.” 

The upgraded bridge features two lanes, a sidewalk, drainage, and a safety screen, catering to pedestrians, non-motorised vehicles, and light vehicles such as tricycles and jeepneys.  

The six-month construction of the permanent bridge was completed for 29.40m pesos. 

These projects come after the DPWH completed two flood control projects in the country’s municipality of Bauang, La Union, last month.