Some 915 provincial road projects with an aggregate cost of P39.192-billion and spanning 2,866.91 kilometers have been completed under the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) since the project started in 2016, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año expressed confidence that with better provincial roads, goods and services from the far-flung areas will be able to reach the centers of economic activity. At the same time, government services will now easily reach their areas.
“The roads constructed in the provinces are very important especially during this pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), allowing the government services to be delivered faster, such as the rolling out the vaccination for Covid-19 and distributing financial aid,” Año said in Filipino.
CMGP is a national government program that aims to improve the state of core provincial roads by strengthening the capacity and performance of provincial governments in local road management, and provision of funds for provincial road projects, towards enhancing national and local road connectivity and accessibility to social services and economic opportunities by the end of 2030.
Año said that CMGP is like hitting two birds with one stone: the state of core provincial roads are improved; and the capacities and performance of provincial governments in terms of local road management (LRM) and public financial management (PFM) are also bolstered.
Of the 916 completed CMGP projects, 91 are in Region 3 amounting to P3.217 billion; 85 in Calabarzon amounting to P1.888 billion; 76 in Region 2 amounting to P2.5 billion; 75 in Mimaropa amounting to P3.357 billion; 74 in Region 13 amounting to P2.5 billion; and 74 in Region 10 amounting to P3.151 billion. SOVEREIGNPH