Perilous deep cracks and its eroded soil foundation makes residents living near the new Capoocan Coastal Road wonder whether this road was properly constructed. (Photo by VBP)

‘Completed’ in 2010: P18.8M Capoocan coastal road begins to crumble

Capoocan News – Already reported as ‘completed’ by the Department of Public Works and Highways through its Consolidated Constructors Performance Summary, the P18,895,000.00 coastal road in Capoocan, Leyte built in 2010 allegedly began to crumble only three years after.

‘Instead of being a blessing it presently poses a threat to unwary motorists traveling on the dangerous road especially at night’, said Barangay Talisay resident Herlen Catienza.

Foundation made of soil
Catienza said barangay residents noticed the structural foundation of the road eroding in 2013. The foundation was made of soil. ‘The whole place is scary, an accident just waiting to happen’, said Catienza.

The Visayan Business Post news team checked the area and found that the described danger was on an elevated lot of the coastal road. The vicinity had no lighting nearby. There were no functioning barriers to secure motorists or pedestrians along its side.

VBP also observed deep cracks and developing erosion under the concrete road which sits on a steep incline bounded by a ravine at least 200-300 meters deep. Some portions of the motorway was also noticeably still unfinished.

‘We discovered it only recently when the soil started to erode that the structure was not supported by enough building material like big stones to reinforce it’, said another resident of Barangay Talisay who only introduced himself as ‘Arnuld’.

‘They should have put a thicker concrete foundation or more steel bars to keep it from collapsing like in many other road constructions that we see in other parts of Leyte’, Arnuld added.

‘The thin cement holding it together can crack and give in any time if loaded or heavy vehicles continue to pass on the hanging portion of the road or if an earthquake occurs, that is why we are alarmed’, Arnuld concluded.

Apostol’s promise
Styled as the Capoocan Coastal Road this construction is a declared pet project of Leyte 2nd district congressman Sergio Apostol.

The project was funded ostensibly to provide passage up to Talairan, a remote barangay of this coastal municipality.

Some residents in this barangay however are upset that the road remains unfinished despite alleged repeated statements by the 80 year old solon that the next time he visits Talairan and its three other nearby villages he will go there by car.

Apostol has since then not yet visited their place, according to residents in this isolated area.

Barangay Talairan is still presently reachable only by motorboat. Its residents’ problem is getting the sick to a hospital during emergencies, especially at night time.

Contractor’s ties
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism reported in its Citizen’s Guide to Elections, Public Funds, and Governance in the Philippines that the various contracts for the coastal road project was awarded to a firm named ‘3Fs Construction’.

Capoocan News, Capoocan Coastal Road
Talisay residents are still waiting for the contractor to finish this part of the Capoocan coastal road works. (Photo by VBP)

The construction firm whose owners have alleged close ties with congressman Apostol also received hefty multi-million road contracts in the 2nd district in places like Barugo, Burauen and Dagami.

The Visayan Business Post is still trying to get the comment of congressman Apostol on the matter.