P187M set for Burauen-Albuera road

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Friday, January 4, 2013


THE National Government is setting aside P187.2 million for the Burauen-Albuera road opening this year, an official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Regional Director Rolando Asis said their department just completed the bidding of construction activities for 2013, including the construction of five bridges programmed for implementation.

Of the P1187.2 million funding, P100 million is set aside for the Albuera side in western Leyte and P87.2 million for the Burauen side in northern Leyte. The project did not get funding in 2012 due to failure to meet some requirement but civil works continued from the 2011 allocation.

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“Our target is to open and pave the road in the next two years but it will mainly depend on timely release of budget,” Asis said.

The 2013 allotment is intended to open six kilometers within the mountainous area of central Leyte, bordering the two municipalities.

The 36.22-kilometer 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 six kilometers remain unopened.

“We have proposed P1.3 billion to fully pave the roads and bridges of Burauen-Albuera Road until 2016, which is the timetable for paving all secondary national roads” Asis added.

The DPWH said the road will shorten travel time from Tacloban City to Ormoc City, develop upland villages, and improve the peace and order situation of rebel-infested areas.

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.

Both are neighboring areas but motorists have to drive in the existing 129-kilometer highway to reach Ormoc City from Burauen town.

The allotment for Burauen-Albuera Road is part of the P5.08 billion infrastructure development program for the region, with P3.58 billion to be implemented by the 13 district engineering offices, and P1.49 billion to be carried out by the regional office. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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