DPWH unveils new Sorsogon coastal road

Published August 30, 2020, 1:33 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Motorists will now have a pleasant view of the Sorsogon’s coastline with the opening of a new coastal road from Rompeolas or the Sorsogon City’s baywalk up to Barangay Balogo.


In a statement on Sunday, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar said the four-lane Sorsogon City Coastal Road with a total length of 5.52 kilometer may be considered among the grandest “Build, Build, Build” projects in Bicol Region undertaken by DPWH Regional Office 5 and Sorsogon First District Engineering Office. 

The completed coastal road with rock causeway and three  bridges with a total length of 110.70 lineal meter begins at junction Daang Maharlika traversing several barangays of Sirangan, Sampaloc, Balogo and will eventually connect to barangays Pangpang, Tugos, Cambulaga, and Talisay in Sorsogon City.

According to DPWH, the road project is a realization of infrastructure development plans of Sorsogon Governor and former Senator Francis “Chiz” G. Escudero and Sorsogon City Mayor Maria Ester E. Hamor who  spearheaded the recent opening of the coastal road.

Escudero described the Sorsogon Coastal Road as one of the best in the country as he expressed his gratitude to Villar and the DPWH for supporting the development of Sorsogon by constructing roads that will improve exchange of goods between barangays and towns.

DPWH Undersecretary for Luzon Operations Rafael C. Yabut, in his report to Villar, said that other than decongesting the heavy traffic in the main thoroughfare of Sorsogon City, the road was also built to provide protection to the surrounding areas from storm surge, especially that Bicol Region is among the most frequent path of typhoons entering the Philippine area of responsibility. 

Meanwhile, the DPWH office in Bicol has received additional equipment for calamity response.

The 16-meter reach amphibious excavator and three units of 10-cubic meter capacity dump trucks were recently turned-over in Bicol by the DPWH Bureau of Equipment (BOE).
Last June, two units of wheeled excavators, one amphibious excavator, one tractor head with low bed trailer, one truck mounted crane, and three service pick-ups were also delivered.
“These units form part of the P126 million worth of equipment allotted for this region as quick response to calamities and other disaster risk reduction activities,” said DPWH Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte.