MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Seventy-four provinces are eligible to propose provincial road projects for rehabilitation, improvement, and upgrading in 2016 through the KALSADA program.
KALSADA, or Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan at Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran, is the performance-based devolution program recently launched by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to institutionalize good governance practices for local government units with respect to local road management.
The program will rehabilitate and upgrade provincial road networks and transfer these assets permanently to provincial governments for maintenance.
Under the program, which was approved as part of the the 2016 General Appropriations Act, the national government will spend P6.5 billion ($138.71 million), the DBM said. Funds will be downloaded through the Local Government Support Fund. (READ: DBM allots P6.5B for road projects in 2016)
Of the 81 provinces, only Misamis Oriental, Davao Occidental, and provinces within the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were not qualified to join the KALSADA program, according to a list obtained from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Budget chief Florencio Abad said qualified provinces have not only met good governance standards and social development benchmarks, but have also established monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. (READ: PH gov’t to spend P6.5B to upgrade provincial roads in 2016)
Of the 216,016-kilometer road network in the Philippines, provincial governments maintain about 32,000 km of roads. See the list below to know which provinces are eligible to propose road projects through the KALSADA program:
74 PROVINCES ELIGIBLE FOR THE KALSADA PROGRAM
(Source: Office of Project Development Services, DILG)
|7||I||ILOCOS NORTE||44||NIR||NEGROS OCC|
|18||III||BULACAN||55||IX||ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE|
|19||III||NUEVA ECIJA||56||IX||ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR|
|23||IV-A||BATANGAS||60||X||LANAO DEL NORTE|
|26||IV-A||QUEZON||63||XI||DAVAO DEL NORTE|
|27||IV-A||RIZAL||64||XI||DAVAO DEL SUR|
|29||IV-B||MINDORO OCC||66||XII||NORTH COTABATO|
|33||V||ALBAY||70||CARAGA||AGUSAN DEL NORTE|
|34||V||CAMARINES NORTE||71||CARAGA||AGUSAN DEL SUR|
|35||V||CAMARINES SUR||72||CARAGA||DINAGAT ISLAND|
|36||V||CATANDUANES||73||CARAGA||SURIGAO DEL NORTE|
|37||V||MASBATE||74||CARAGA||SURIGAO DEL SUR|
Abad said the program will also develop the Provincial Road Network Development Plan (PRNDP) for each province and promote the use of an online open data portal as a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating provincial roads.
In partnership with the World Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the government has created a system that uses geo-tagging for reporting on the status of the projects. This can be accessed from the OpenRoads portal.
147 road projects have been approved so far, from 53 provinces. See the list below to find out if your province will be upgrading parts of your road network:
Through the OpenRoads portal, the public can check online which roads have been selected for rehabilitation or upgrading and track the progress of the road project from start to completion.
The portal contains the uploaded provincial road network maps, as well as other road projects. Soon, videos of the conditions of priority roads before, during, and after the implementation of KALSADA will also be uploaded. – Rappler.com
Is your province among those qualified for the Kalsada program? What roads do you think should be funded through the project? Let us know. Take photos, turn on precise location settings and tweet using #OpenRoads!
Help us check if existing road projects are being implemented right. Take photos of project billboards and send them to us by tweeting #OpenRoads.
Learn more about how you can help improve road conditions in the Philippines:
- #OpenRoads: Adopt roads that matter to you
- Rappler Talk: What roads matter to you?
- #TheLeaderIWant: Cebu youth identify roads that matter to them
- #OpenRoads: Share photos of roads that matter to you
- How open data help build better roads, communities
The #OpenRoads campaign is done in partnership with the World Bank Group.