The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Philippines has completed the construction, improvement and rehabilitation of a total of 73.65km of national, secondary, and tertiary roads in Cagayan Valley region.

DPWH is said to have completed the road project with an investment of PHP2.68bn ($55.7m), which covered 21.18km of the national road, 19.87km of secondary road, and 32.60km of tertiary road.

The project was executed as part of DPWH’s 2020 Infrastructure Program.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the completion of new and improved roads creates a socio-economic impact in the region as it helps people to quickly and safely access health, education, tourism, government and social services.

DPWH noted that it has executed various other road projects in the Cagayan Valley Region, including 34.74km of tourism road improvement projects under Tourism Road Infrastructure Program with an investment of PHP821.51m ($17.9m).

In addition, 28.56km of roads were laid under Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL IT), which amounted to PHP935.55m ($19.4m).

DPWH is also said to have completed 19.85km of farm-to-market roads in the region with an investment of PHP241.62m ($5.02m).

In addition to road projects, DPWH Region 2 is said to have implemented the construction, improvement and rehabilitation of 425.4 lineal meters of bridges and a total of 40 flood-control structures, which include dikes, seawalls, river control, revetment, river walls, and drainages mains.

Last October, DPWH completed the concreting of a 1.55km segment of the Ifugao bypass road.

The project was designed to shorten the distance between the municipality of Lagawe and Lamut in Ifugao Province.