By Betheena Unite
Construction of a 7.67-kilometer road that will connect isolated villages in Samar has begun, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Friday.
The road project located in Las Navas, Samar will link the barangays of Bugay, Guiguinta, Bugtusan, Mabini, Taylor, Victory, El Empon, Poponton, and Cuenco.
According to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar, the P180.42-million road project is under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program of the government.
The road project, the secretary said, is expected to further develop these far-flung areas and promote peace and order in these villages in Samar.
“We aim to provide high impact infrastructure projects for the people not only to enable easy access for the locals but also to facilitate economic development in these remotest areas,” Villar added.
The PAMANA road project is now on its second phase, according to the department. Three bridges and an embankment protection structure will also be constructed under the project.
It is expected to be completed by 2020.
Villar furthered that once the project is completed, residents of the isolated barangays of Las Navas will no longer use boats to travel across villages.
Travel time from Barangay Mabini to Barangay Bugay will be reduced from 45 minutes by boat to 15 minutes by land.
The PAMANA program spearheaded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process aims to provide government services and help improve peace and order in the areas through construction of community infrastructure and promotion of sustainable rural development.