Driving up and down provincial roads to some of the most scenic spots in the Philippines may soon become a reality as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has just announced a six-fold increased in the budget for the Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan at Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA) project.

From Php 6.5 billion, the proposed budget is now Php 39 billion and will be allotted to provinces that meet good governance and performance standards along with a consistent system of monitoring and evaluating mechanisms for their road projects.

“It’s important that our provincial governments get all the support they need from the National Government. This is why the national government is keen on continuing the KALSADA program and devoting more resources to it. Through it, we capacitate local governments so they can make more strategic plans and budgets for managing their local roads,” said Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad.

Under the local government code, local government units (LGUs) are fully responsible for supervising and maintaining their roads.

KALSADA, operating under the new budget, now aims to cover 81 province by 2017 and pave 20-percent of the total unpaved provincial roads or 832 kilometers.

Currently, only 4,161 kilometers of the total 11,725 kilometers of the provincial road network are paved.

In order to see which roads you can take your car out for a long drive, visit the Open Roads Portal at www.openroads.gov.ph.