By Betheena Kae Unite
An 11.6-kilometer road that will connect the pacific coastal towns of Northern Samar will start construction, Public Works and Highways Chief Mark Villar announced Thursday.
The road project — Samar Pacific Coastal Road — will be constructed from Junction Simora to Junction Palapag segment of Samar Pacific Coastal Road in the town of Palapag, Northern Samar.
Groundbreaking ceremony took place Thursday morning in Barangay Simora, Palapag, Northern Samar, to mark the start of construction.
“This 11.6-kilometer road project from Junction Simora to Junction Palapag segment of Samar Pacific Coastal Road in the town of Palapag, Northern Samar will complete the circumferential road of Samar Island, benefiting motorists from the so-called “Pacific Coastal” towns heading to the provincial business center of the capital town of Catarman and vice versa,” said Villar.
According to Project Director Sharif Madsmo Hasim, of DPWH Roads Management Cluster 2, with the concreting of 11.6-kilometer road and improvement works on existing paved road of seven kilometer, Catarman will be linked via full land travel with the coastal municipalities of Northern Samar up to Taft, Eastern Samar.
Once completed, motorists would not have to pass through the island town of Laoang which needs to cross two rivers with small boats along the way as the project allows access from Palapag Town Proper traversing inner barangays up to Barangay Simora.
The road project also covers the construction of three bridges namely the 161-lineal meter Simora Bridge, 31-lineal meter Jangtud 1 Bridge, and the 69-lineal meter Jangtud 2 Bridge, Hasim added.
It is expected to be completed on March 2020.
The construction of the road is funded by the Korean government and is implemented by Unified Project Management Office-Roads Management Cluster II with Project Manager Teresita Bauzon as in-charge of the project in coordination with Northern Samar 2nd District Engineer Ferdinand Briones.
The road project is seen to stimulate economic growth, improve peace and order, and reduce poverty in the pacific of Northern Samar as a result of improved transportation, Villar said.
Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man and Villar led the groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday. It was witnessed by DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain, Philippine Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Bienvenido Tejano, Korean Export Import Bank Country Director Sungho Jang, Northern Samar Governor Jose Ong Jr. and Vice Governor Gary Lavin Jr., Northern Samar 2nd District Representative Edwin Ong, former Congressman Emil Ong, DPWH Region 8 Director Edgar Tabacon, and Hasim.