Heavy aggregates are set to form part of the embankment foundation for almost three meters of new road to widen this part of the national highway in Leyte. (Photo by VBP News Team Leyte)

DPWH Leyte rushes completion of road widening works as Aquino’s term draws to an end

DPWH Leyte – Amid the hustle and bustle brought about by the confusion and entertainment usually associated with the Philippine national elections, the Department of Public Works and Highways is dead set on its target to complete its road widening projects in Leyte.

Affected are several road networks belonging to the first up to the fifth district under the P6.47 Billion approved infrastructure project for Eastern Visayas alone.

The budget earlier approved in 2014 includes priority upgrading of existing roads, opening of new roads, widening, drainage system, and access roads to tourism destinations as earlier revealed by DPWH Regional Director Rolando Asis.

‘Here in Mahaplag we are ready and we welcome the road widening program of the national government even if it adversely affects us’, said Toto Cabalo whose sari-sari store will be demolished with the recent road widening project along Barangay San Vicente in Mahaplag Town.

‘This is the price that we should pay for development and it is easier to cooperate with that in mind’, Cabalo added.

In Carigara, workers are rushing the construction of stone embankments in preparation for road widening works along what is known as KM.954+271 of the national highway.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino vowed to finish these road development works with P399.54 million allocated for the lone engineering district in Biliran Province, P379.83 million for the Tacloban City sub district engineering office, and P402.23 million for Southern Leyte lone district.

A total of P2.8 billion has been approved for the five engineering districts of Leyte.

Government has also allocated P479.41 million for Eastern Samar, P763.93 million for Northern Samar and P1.07 billion for Western Samar Province.