P7.7-B ROLL IT projects proposed in Western Visayas

By Perla Lena

May 18, 2018, 10:21 pm

ILOILO CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has received around PHP7.7 billion proposed projects under its Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) for 2019.

DTI Western Visayas Regional Director Rebecca Rascon on Friday said that they received plenty of proposals from various proponents as a result of their massive orientation about the project.

ROLL IT is a convergence project of the DTI and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Rascon said these are “road projects connecting industries to the national road” so it would be easier to bring products to the market.

The proposals are now on their validation stage led by the central technical working group composed of the DTI, DPWH and industry experts from Manila.

Rascon said that upon receipt of the proposal, the regional offices of DTI and DPWH and industry expert evaluate their documents and determine whether they are situated in areas where priority industries are present.
DTI has six priority industries namely coffee, cacao, bamboo, coco-based products, processed foods, wearable and housewares.

DTI and DPWH regional directors also certify the “necessity and importance” of the proposed projects.

Also, they make sure that there is no double funding because the Department of Tourism (DOT) has also its road projects under the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP).

The validation of proposed projects in Western Visayas ended Friday. The CTWG is expected to give their observation thereafter to be followed by another deliberation.

She emphasized that she is not certain whether or not all these projects will be funded.

Rascon said that since they could not cover all the proposed projects, what they probably do is “spot checking whether what we are endorsing is really true”.

Of the PHP7.7 billion proposal, the highest came from Iloilo with PHP3.478 billion for 17 projects.

Aklan has proposed PHP410 million for five projects; Antique, PHP1.44 billion for six projects; Capiz, PHP1.51 billion for 11 projects; Guimaras, PHP696 million for 16 projects; and Negros Occidental with PHP173 million for one project. (PNA)