Widening of Iloilo East Capiz Road nears completion — DPWH

Published January 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Betheena Kae Unite 

Widening works on Iloilo East Capiz Road on Panay Island is now at 70 percent completion and is expected to be opened by March this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced.

The road is currently being improved from two lanes to four lanes, Iloilo 3rd District Engineer Flordelis Enriquez said, announcing that the P24.69-million project covering an 803-meter portion may be completed in two months time.

When completed, the four-lane Iloilo East Coast Capiz Road is expected to bring more tourists going to the northern part of Iloilo province where various tourist destinations like the “Isla de Gigantes” in Carles town and island barangays in Concepcion are located.

“We prepared catch-up plans in case there are delays due to unforeseen events like calamities and disasters,” Enriquez said.

The widening of Iloilo East Coast Capiz Road section is funded under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for fiscal year 2019.

Meanwhile, two key road projects in Biliran were recently completed to provide residents and motorists more convenient access to the island province.

The 5.276-km damaged concrete pavement along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country in Naval, the largest municipality in the province, has been improved for a total cost of P70-million while the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay were also implemented along the 4.4-km segment of Biliran Circumferential Road in the neighboring municipality of Biliran, amounting to P60-million.

According to DPWH-Biliran District Engineer David Adongay Jr., the rehabilitation on the two road sections is part of the preventive maintenance program of major roads in the region.

“Over the years, the concrete pavements have deteriorated due to the heavy load of equipment and vehicles traversing the roads that’s why we fast-tracked the completion of the projects that started only last July,” Adongay said.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said that they are hopeful that the road improvements will not only improve access to Biliran Provincial Hospital and Naval Port but also boost economic activity in the agriculturally-rich province.