Friday, July 16, 2021


DPWH has assured the completion of the controversial Cutcut Flyover in Angeles City.

DPWH Third District Engineering Office Chief Engr. Arleen Beltran said the first two phases of the infrastructure project was already completed on June 2, 2021, ahead of its September 2021 expiry date.

The 2020-2021 General Appropriations Act has allotted P50 million while the United Project Management Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways has allotted another P50 million for the project.

The first two phases on the construction of the four-lane 700-lineal-meter flyover cover the bored piles and columns in the area.

Beltran also clarified the funding for the project amid concerns that there were no budget appropriated for the completion of the project.

She said the substructure of the Cutcut Flyover was initially funded in the CY 2020 General Appropriations Act (GAA) under "For Comprehensive Release," and funded again in CY 2021 GAA but was tagged "For Later Release."

"The locally-funded project is enrolled under the Multi-Year Obligational Authority with a total project cost of P600 million, which means that budget will be released every year until the completion of the project," said Beltran.

She added that the construction for the succeeding phases of the project will depend on the release of the budget.

“The local DPWH office was authorized to enter into a multi-year contract for the full project cost, and we would like to guarantee that the amount programmed for this multi-year project is included in their budget proposal for the ensuing years until its completion,” Beltran said.

The construction of the first phase of the Cutcut Flyover started on December 9, 2020 and the second phase on January 18, 2021, and were both completed in June 2021.

A total of 40.613 million was allotted from the 2021 GAA for the construction of the foundation of the flyover, while the project received P59.387 million in the previous year.

The whole project is expected to be completed in 2023 but will still depend on the timing of the releasing of the budget.

In the meantime, Mayor Lazatin urged the DPWH to install protective barriers and reflectors along the road to prevent accident in the area especially at night.

The vital intersection connects Porac town to Angeles City and the City of San Fernando to Fil-Am Friendship Circumferential Road all the way to the Clark Freeport Zone.

The Cutcut Flyover is expected to ease traffic congestion in-bound and out-bound along Porac, Filipino-American Friendship Highway and Rizal Extension in Angeles City

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