Young and active, Gerald Pacanan is one of the youngest Regional Directors in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). He’s known for being passionate about his actions and commitment to providing quality service to the people of Region IV-B. He does various ways and applies multiple methods to achieve success in his work, being the Regional Director of DPWH MIMAROPA. To further promote MIMAROPA’s tourism industry, he uses his position as director of the DPWH to carry out infrastructure projects. Director Gerald Pacanan is committed to serving the economic and tourism industry in the Philippines, which is a major focus of his work.
MIMAROPA region is known to be one of the houses of tourist spots in the Philippines. During the holiday season, this becomes a den for vacationers. There are several places famous for their beautiful spots and getaway resorts in the region which makes tourists flock to it. With this fact, the DPWH MIMAROP, headed by Dir. Gerald Pacanan strives its best to maintain a safe and physically appealing infrastructure, most especially with the transport routes, such as public roads, bridges, and routes to provide a secure path towards every destination.
Moreover, countless projects were accomplished and are still ongoing in MIMAROPA spearheaded by Dir. Pacanan. For just about and around 2 years in the position, along with his team, a lot of projects have already been implemented and are currently on the line for construction or finalization. These projects aim to contribute to society and the public, itself, towards molding a better living in the day-to-day lives of the citizens. Here are some of the high-impact projects of DPWH these past 2 years.
Spearheaded by Dir. Pacanan: DPWH High Impact Projects
1. MINDORO PROVINCE – Farm to Market Road Concretion
In the province of Mindoro, specifically the Mindoro Oriental District Engineering Office of DPWH Region 4B completed the Farm-to-Market Road in Barangay Malapad – Barangay Putican Cabulo. This project provided convenience in transporting goods and other produce from the locality/residents as it connects the agricultural and fisheries area. This government program continues to bring services to the members of the community through the Integrated Sustainable Assistance Recovery and Advance Program (iSARAp).
2. MARINDUQUE PROVINCE – Bridge construction
In Marinduque province, the Marinduque District Engineering Office implemented a high-impact project in Barangay Puyog Boac, Marinduque. This project is the Construction of Bridge in the said barangay. This provides a safe crossing for people, improves transport connections, creates economic corridors, and helps rebalance economic growth. It also makes a crucial contribution to economic development and growth and brings important social benefits. They are of vital importance in order to make a nation grow and develop. It provides access to employment, social, health, and education services, making a road network crucial in fighting against poverty. Importing and exporting raw materials and finished goods to factories, warehouses, suppliers, distributors, stores, and end-consumers is not far from possible, as bridges are a critical component of a nation’s infrastructure. This project also ensures consistent access to non-agricultural jobs. It increases the use of public transportation. Other than that, it benefits rural communities as it improves access to modern farming technologies, education, and healthcare, even limiting the influence of extremist groups that prey on isolated communities.
3. ROMBLON PROVINCE – Circumferential Road Concretion
The DPWH Romblon District Engineering Office has completed this 1-kilometer circumferential road at Brgy. Sugod, Municipality of Cajidiocan (KM 0091 TO KM 0092), giving a huge impact on those who reside and are within the range of access in terms of safer mobility, economic growth, reducing the number of accidents, and allowing them to reach their destination in a shorter time.
4. PALAWAN PROVINCE – Road Concretion
In Palawan Province, the Palawan 2nd District Engineering Office implemented a road concreting project in Oring-Oring. The concreting of the Oring-Oring Road in Brooke’s Point, Palawan is expected to have a positive impact on the economy and tourism industry by providing safe and efficient access to popular tourist destinations such as Matangcay Ocean’s Spring and JAO Beach in Brooke’s Point, Palawan. This will make it easier for tourists visiting the area, and in turn, boosts economic activity.
Moreover, the local community will benefit from the improved road infrastructure because it will make transportation, mobility and logistics easier for them. Thus, this will make people more productive and improve the quality of their lives.
Director Gerald Pacanan has led the DPWH MIMAROPA so well that it becomes very productive, providing secure infrastructures, safe roads and sturdy bridges. MIMAROPA is naturally beautiful, and with Dir. Pacanan’s leadership in DPWH Region 4, it even made it not just beautiful, but safe, secure and convenient. He personally ensures the quality production and construction of the projec implementations through frequent visits. One of the latest was an inspection held in Palawan 1st District.
DPWH Usec. Roberto R. Bernardo, Usec. Maximo L. Carvajal, Asec. Wilfredo S. Mallari and Regional Director Gerald A. Pacanan together with District Engineer Rommel P. Aguirre inspected the completed and on-going projects of Palawan 1st District Engineering Office. Projects include the Langogan Bridge which was opened to traffic last December 23, 2021 and the on-going repair/rehabilitation of National Roads with slips along PPNR K0083+743-k0083+783 Tinitian, Roxas, Palawan.
Afterwards, the officials visited the Palawan 1st DEO and expressed their support to the district employees who were victims of the typhoon Odette last December 17, 2021.