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SIPPAD seeks construction of Maslog-Jipapad road

Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan diocese and Bishop Isabelo Abarquez of Calbayog diocese pose for a souvenir photo at the 37th SIPPAD assembly held in Borongan City on October 3, 2017. (Photo by Noel Ewel C. Labendia)

BORONGAN, October 9, 2017–The Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) is calling on the national government to allocate funds for the construction of the Maslog-JIpapad road in Eastern Samar.

In a resolution passed during the 37th SIPPAD Assembly held in Borongan, the convenors said that the opening of the Maslog-Jipapad road will “hasten economic activity in the covered municipalities and shorten travel time from Maslog to nearby municipalities and other parts of the province by accessing the national road passing through Arteche, Eastern Samar”.

At present, there is no direct road link from Maslog to the national highway traversing the province.

Maslog is accessible by boat through the Dolores river or by motorcycles and light vehicles through the Carolina, Canavid-Dolores-Maslog road but with some areas still to be constructed.

The proposed 14 kilometer road will cost about P1 billion.

Opening the road will be beneficial to everyone as it will ensure the easy flow of products and other economic activities that will spur development, not only in Maslog but the entire province of Eastern Samar and parts of Samar and Northern Samar provinces.

The resolution was signed by the convenors, namely, Bishop Isabelo Abarquez of Calbayog, Bishop Emmanuel Trance of Catarman and Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan and sent to President Duterte and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development is a partnership between the Church, LGU’s, CSO’s and the academe, convened by the three bishops in the three provinces of Samar island. (Eden Cidro/Este News)

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