BORONGAN CITY, June 18, 2018—The bishops of the three dioceses of the island of Samar commended the start of the construction of the Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project (SPCR).
The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the project was held at Brgy. Simora, Palapag, Northern Samar on May 31, 2018.
During the 36th Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) conference held on March 9, 2017 in Catarman, Northern Samar, the bishops issued a resolution calling on the government to open the Simora Bridge and the completion of Samar road projects.
The resolution was signed by Catarman bishop Emmuel Trance, Calbayog bishop Isabelo Abarquez and Borongan bishop Crispin Varquez.
On February 4, 2017, the Samar bishops also joined the Simora Walk to drumbeat people’s clamor for the government to finish the Simora road project.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through its implementing office, the Roads Management Cluster II – Unified Project Management spearheads the construction of the 11.607 kilometers two-lane road that include the Simora bridge, Jangtud 1 bridge and Jangtud 2 bridge.
According to government sources, the project is funded by the Government of Korea under Korea Export-Import Bank, Economic Development Cooperation Fund Loan No. PHL-14 and the Government of the Philippines.
SIPPAD officials believe that improved transportation system in the Province of Northern Samar would stimulate economic growth through development of potential eco-tourism and shortened travel time, among others. (Levina L. Mones / DSAC News)