Defensor pushes for provincial road conversion

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Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to provide him a map of Iloilo roads, part of an effort to convert provincial roads into national thoroughfares.

“We have provincial roads that were concreted from national government program so it is better to turn-over the ownership to them for maintenance aspect,” Defensor said Thursday.

The governor believes the national government can take over the roads citing the availability of funds under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

Road concreting in the province was under Iloilo’s capital outlay, national government projects, Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces, and Philippine Rural Development Project, he added.

The map of Iloilo’s roads will also identify which were already concreted and its respective project implementers.

“We want to work with them together on which of our provincial roads that were already concreted, and on what was done by the DPWH and the province. Coordinated implementation on road projects will allow the province to properly allot its budget,” Defensor said.