Samar town to get road project from OPAPP

CATBALOGAN CITY -- The Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (Opapp) is considering the request of the Municipal Government of San Jose de Buan in Samar for a road construction project.

Emy Bonifacio, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) Samar area manager, said they already received the resolution of the San Jose de Buan signed by Mayor Ananias Rebato, and they already forwarded it to their provincial technical working group for consideration.

She added that they recognized the urgency of the request, but the project will be implemented first in a barangay, which is part of Motiong town in Samar, as the budget was allocated in that area.

For this year, Opapp had released P100 million and another same amount is to be released before the year is over.

Calagos said the second tranche is where the San Jose de Buan road project might get its funding allocation.

She also said that another P100 million is to be released for the road construction project to San Jose de Buan in 2014.

Calagos said that in the implementation of the project, several considerations were considered by the implementing agency upon the advice of the Engineering Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division. Among which is prioritizing critical areas that are ambush sites and those that are prone to flooding.

Calagos added that bridge constructions are also being prioritize as all seven wooden bridges going to the interior town of San Jose de Buan are almost impassable for heavy vehicles.

At present, road construction for the 38 kilometers stretch to San Jose de Buan that started in the junction of Lokilokon in Paranas town had already reach the part of Motiong town for the road concreting part, Calagos said.

San Jose de Buan is one of the two interior towns in Samar that is still affected with the presence of the New People’s Army.

With better roads not only the problem on insurgency would be addressed but the transport of goods and services would be hasten that could improve the town’s economic condition. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)
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