By Betheena Unite
A three-kilometer gravel road connecting isolated villages in the province of Cagayan has been under improvement works, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announced Wednesday.
“Residents of far-flung areas in the municipality of Rizal will no longer have to walk for hours to reach neighboring barangays with the ongoing construction of the Logac-Lasam-Gagabutan Road,” Villar said in a statement as he announced that the project will be completed by April 2020.
A faster and better road connection between Barangays Masi, San Juan, and Bural, collectively known as Zinundungan Valley in Rizal, is expected to materialize once the 3.1-kilometer road is serviceable.
According to the department, a total of P74 million was allocated for the improvement of the Logac-Lasam-Gagabutan Road Project. It involves concrete cement paving of a two-lane road as well as the provision of drainage structures and slope protection.
Moreover, the Department of Public Works and Highways-Region 2 Director Loreta Malaluan said residents in the Zinundungan Valley had been giving positive feedback about the construction of the project.
“By next year, Cagayanos will no longer have to endure three hours walk from their houses in Barangay Masi to Barangay Gagabutan where they can ride tricycles bound for the población, greatly cutting travel time and improving provision of public services,” Malaluan said.