MASLOG, Eastern Samar, June 16, 2018–Three timber bridges in Hinolaso and one in Villahermosa in the municipality of Dolores will be reconstructed to permanent concrete bridge
DPWH Eastern Samar DEO chief Engr. Manolo Rojas said the total project cost is about P105 million, and is funded under the 2017 calamity fund.
Rojas said that the project is part of the “build, build, build” initiative of President Duterte, a massive infrastructure spending of the government that will trigger socio-economic development.
Once completed, the road network will provide faster transport of agricultural products, goods and people from these once hard to reach areas which will spur economic development.
Eastern Samar Congressman Ben Evardone led the groundbreaking for the reconstruction and improvement of four bridges spanning the Carolina-Maslog road which was held on June 14 in Maslog.
“In Eastern Samar, we need good roads, especially those that will open up interior remote areas… Roads are important for a nation’s growth and crucial in the fight against poverty,” Evardone said.
The Can avid – Maslog road is a 44 kilometer stretch from Bgy Carolina, passing through the vast rice fields of Dolores, considered the rice granary of Eastern Samar.
The Carolina- Aroganga and Villahermosa- Maslog sections are concrete-paved, while a significant stretch is still gravel road.
Evardone said that with this year’s budget of P115M, it is expected that the concreting of the Maslog-Hinolaso portion will be finished.
For 2019, Evardone has reportedly proposed a P453M that will complete the concreting of the entire road network.
Rojas added that for Eastern Samar, the national government has allocated billions of pesos for the construction, improvement and maintenance of various infra projects.
“Our network development plan is to link Maslog to Jipapad in order for this road network to form a loop. This will eventually link Maslog to San Jose de Buan in Samar, to form a central highway”. (Eden Cidro/Este News)