The Department of Public Works and Highways has completed the P44-million major rehabilitation of Makilala-Allah Valley-Mlang Road in North Cotabato, including the installation of solar-powered street lights.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the road improvement project involved asphalt overlay and provision of solar-powered street lights.
“Serving as a connection to Maharlika Highway, the newly-improved Makilala-Allah Valley-Mlang Road will serve thousands of motorists and farmers who grow and trade agri-industrial products in the province such as rubber, rice, coconut, coffee, banana, and durian,” Villar said.
Solar-powered street lighting is also a free, eco-friendly feature that will ensure the safety of the commuters and pedestrians utilizing the road at night time.
“We are pushing for the inclusion of street lights in our road projects nationwide, especially in dark areas where there are no proper lighting coming from houses and establishments. In these cases, street lights are vital in preventing the occurrence of accidents,” the Public Works official said.
The improvement of Makilala-Allah Valley-Mlang Road was implemented by Cotabato 1st District Engineering Office under the Road Preventive Maintenance program of the deparment that aims to clear roads from potholes and other obstructions, as well as ensure enough and proper road markings and signages.