PALAPAG, Northern Samar, June 3, 2018–The construction of the P997 million Samar Pacific Coastal Road project funded by the Korean government has officially kicked off following its ground breaking rites at Barangay Simora here.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man, Northern Samar Governor Jose Ong Jr., Northern Samar 2nd District Rep. Edwin Ong, and other local officials graced the historic time capsule laying rites on May 31.
Villar said the implementation of the coastal road project has been more than 30 years dream of the people of Northern Samar as the coastal road project started during the time of the late President Corazon Aquino.
Villar lauded former Congressman Emil Ong for initiating the construction of the coastal road project during the time of Aquino connecting the coastal towns of Northern Samar.
Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man said the road project funded by his government is a sign of their long concern for the development of our country.
The Korean ambassador said the project is a product of the friendship of both countries since the Korean war .
Gov. Ong expressed his thanks to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for including their province in the “Build, Build, Build” program of the administration.
He said the road project in his province will spur economic development.
The governor said that Duterte being a former mayor knows how vital is a road network in a locality.
Rep. Ong, for his part, expressed his thanks to Villar and the Korean government for the realization of the coastal road project in his district that has long been awaited by his constituents.
Palapag Mayor Mario Agno said with the road project and three bridges to connect his town, Palapag will be connected to other coastal towns and help the land transportation network to its neighboring towns.
He said it will open more opportunities for his people as they can soon bring in their farm produce and goods to the capital town and back to their town anytime of the day with the road network.
The road project with 3 major bridges to be constructed is expected to be completed in March 2020. (Nestor L. Abrematea / Visayas Times)