More funds needed for Leyte road project-A A +A
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
PALO, Leyte -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is seeking a P1.3 billion fund to complete a road opening project in a mountainous area in Leyte that will significantly reduce travel time from northern to western part of the province.
DPWH Regional Director Rolando Asis said that they are strongly lobbying for the allocation of additional funding requirement hoping that the Burauen-Albuera road will be opened for travel within two years.
"The proposed funding will be used to open 8.43 kilometers of road, concreting of the entire highway, and build four bridges. We need about P500 million for bridge construction alone," Asis said.
The DPWH presented a funding proposal at the Regional Development Council (RDC) of P126 million intended to establish a gravel road in the area. The proposal has gained positive response from the region’s highest policy-making body.
"We asked the secretariat to draft a resolution for the endorsement of the inaccessible road section of the Burauen-Albuera road," said RDC chairman and Leyte Governor Jericho Petilla.
About 6.26 kilometers of the road is still unopened in Albuera side and 2.17 kilometers in the Burauen side. A DPWH report stated that the National Government has already released P244 million for the project.
The report claimed that first phase and second phase of the 12-kilometer new road was completed in May 2010 and April 2011, respectively. The third phase of the road opening is now 59 percent complete.
The 36.22 kilometers road opening project started in 2008. It traverses some rebel-infested villages in the borders of northern and western Leyte. Currently, 14.25 kilometers of the road section is concrete, 10.06 kilometers are gravel, 48 meters of bridges while more than 8 kilometers remain unopened.
"The completion of Burauen-Albuera road would connect Leyte’s second biggest town of Burauen to Albuera in the western side of the province. Aside from shortened travel time, it will be easier for people in the upland area to bring their farm produce to the business district of the province thus improving the peace and order situation in the area,” Asis said.
Motorists coming from the regional capital have to pass through eight towns to get to Ormoc City with a distance of 107 kilometers. In the new road, travelers will reach Ormoc from Tacloban by passing through five towns with a combined road length of 89 kilometers.
The project will also be a shorter route from Tacloban City to Baybay City, with a difference of 30 kilometers from the existing national road.
Once the road is completed, Burauen will just be 47 kilometers away from Ormoc City. The two are neighboring areas but motorists have to drive in the existing 129-kilometer highway to reach Ormoc City from Burauen town. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)