Taking a ride around Siargao Island would soon become an attraction in itself once the 11.85-kilometer (km) road network there, which includes the scenic Catangnan-Cabitoonan Bridge, gets finished this November, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said.
The road network, officially named the Port–Consuelo–Corazon–Sta. Cruz–Sta. Fe – Libertad–Cabitoonan–Catangnan– Gen. Luna Road Project, is already deemed "substantially completed". This, after the project hit a progress rate of 97.93 percent.
The project involves the paving of 11.85 km worth of roads as well as the construction of the 348.8-lineal meter Catangnan-Cabitoonan Bridge, which features a breathtaking view of Siargao’s turquoise waters.
Villar said the road network will not only provide faster connectivity within Siargao Island, but it would also bolster its worldwide marketability.
Villar said that Siargao is "slowly gaining attraction from both locals and visitors as they are excited for its (road network) opening.”
The project also covers the construction of the two-lane, 75.8 lineal meter and 36.8-lineal meter Libertad Bridge 1 and 2.
Once completed, the new road network will serve as an alternate route from Dapa Port to General Luna, beginning at junction Dapa-Gen. Luna Road. It traverses Barangays Consuelo, Corazon, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Fe, Libertad, Cabitoonan, and Catangnan in the municipality of General Luna.
According to DPWH Region 13 Director Pol Delos Santos, finishing touches on the project are being fast-tracked in time for the scheduled inauguration and opening.
The multi-year project has a P848-million price tag.