Davao del Norte beefs up construction equipment

DAVAO CITY—The provincial government of Davao del Norte beefed up its fleet of construction equipment and vehicles after purchasing P265-million worth of vehicles and heavy equipment.

Governor Edwin I. Jubahib said the new equipment and vehicles would boost service delivery and build vital infrastructures to maximize growth potential of the province.

“With the acquisition, the province is set to bring more services to the barangays, accelerate infrastructure development and enhance disaster preparedness for effective response,” Jubahib added.

The new fleet of vehicles and heavy equipment include two heavy-duty rescue vehicles with crane, five heavy-duty rescue vehicles, one crawler hydraulic excavator, one crawler long-arm excavator, two wheel-type excavators, two bulldozers, two dump trucks, two 16-ft fuel tankers and two 4-wheel drive pick-up trucks.

“We aim to deliver more services, build more infrastructures and improve disaster response to satisfy the basic needs of our people,” Jubahib said, as he viewed the 21 service and rescue vehicles and heavy equipment on Thursday.

He said the vehicles and heavy equipment would open up more roads and infrastructures. The excavators would assist the dredging machines in the on-going desilting operation of major rivers and tributaries to address perennial flooding in the province.

The new pick-up trucks were given to the board members and various offices of the Provincial Capitol to facilitate delivery of more services to the barangays. “There is no reason why we cannot deliver better services,” Jubahib said.

In June this year, the province received the delivery of seven 19-seater van-type lightweight trucks and 27 4×4 rescue pick-up trucks, where some were distributed to improve the response capabilities of the local government units (LGUs) of the province.

The purchase was through a bank loan and funds from the Local Government Empowerment Program  of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The latter was facilitated by first District Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez.

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