Several access, agricultural, and tourism roads in various parts of the country were recently constructed and improved, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced.
An easier transport of goods in an agricultural municipality in Surigao del Sur is expected with the completion of a 2.27-kilometer farm-to-market road.
Constructed in the municipality of Cantilan, the agricultural road traverses vast rice fields along Barangays Tigabong and Magasang. It is implemented under a P29.5-million fund.
“The farmers of Surigao del Sur now enjoy an all-weather road and palay buyers are interested to come directly to them,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.
A farm-to-market road was also recently improved in Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte to aid residents of Barangay Sinai, who had to endure rough travel in transporting their produce from their place to neighboring trading centers.
“A P20-million farm-to-market road is now being utilized by locals, especially farmers who no longer have to endure bumpy, muddy, or dusty road when going to neighboring trading centers. This road concreting project has reduced transportation cost and minimized post-harvest losses of vegetable farmers in this area,” Villar said.
Barangay Sinai is known as the vegetable bowl of Zamboanga del Norte and produces carrots, tomatoes, bananas, squash, and pears.
The two-lane, 806-meter road also paved the way for locals’ better access to neighboring towns that offer basic social services lacking in remote rural areas such as employment, health, and higher education.
“What used to be a rough road took residents 15 to 20 minutes of travel time, this is now reduced to only five minutes with the paved road,” Villar added.
An agricultural municipality in Madella, Quirino in Luzon was also recently provided with better road access.
The Pedlisan-Dumabato Road Project Phase 1 in the municipality of Madella was completed.
Phase 1 section covers the construction of a new two-lane road with provision of drainage systems, slope protection structures, and road pavement markings along a 400-meter local road that is part of a proposed Pedlisan-Dumabato Road Project that will be four kilometers in length when completed.
Pedlisan-Dumabato Road is a multiyear project implemented under Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL-IT) Partnership Program of the department in convergence with the Department of Trade and Industry to assist corn and cassava crops farmers in the area of Maddela.
The Pedlisan-Dumabato Road Project Phase 1 has received an allocation of P10 million in the 2020 General Appropriations Act.
Its remaining segments will be proposed for implementation in the coming years with the following breakdown and project scope: 800 meters of road under Phase 2 pegged at P20 million; 800 meters of road under Phase 3 under a P20-million spending; and a two-kilometer road under Phase 4 costing P50 million.
The government, Villar stressed, “is investing heavily in infrastructure to achieve high economic growth.” It includes the improvement of farm-to-market roads in the rural areas to support agriculture.
Under a P45.94-million fund, the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access in Silay City, Negros Occidental was recently improved from two lanes to four.
Widening works on the road began in February 2020 and was completed in less than six months.
The DPWH Secretary said the improved access road aims to provide ease of travel among motorists and commuters going to and from the airport and increase its traffic capacity.
“The widening along BSAAR, which serves as a link to Bacolod-Negros Occidental Economic Highway (BANOCEH) is also seen to facilitate faster delivery of services and transport of sugarcanes to mills, providing ease of travel among sugar producers, traders, rural population, and the general public,” Villar said.
Moreover, a tourism road leading to Baybay Beach and Alibagon Bakhawan Park in Makato, Aklan was also recently completed.
It was implemented under a P9.8-million fund. Its construction started in February 2020 and was finished after four months.
“With this newly-constructed road, we hope to encourage more visitors to come and appreciate some of Aklan’s hidden tourist spots, boosting the local tourism industry and helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the area,” Villar said.
The Almeria Bypass Road in Biliran is now under way and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
It is a 1.262-kilometer bypass road project with a two-meter bridge. It is implemented under two contracts covering road opening, slope protection, bridge construction, and a road concreting of 879-meter, four-lane road costing P83.1 million and a 383-meter four-lane road concreting that costs P12.7 million.