Damaged by Typhoon Ruby in 2014, this portion of the Capoocan-Ormoc road network presents a continuing danger to road users because of its steep location. (Photo by VBP)

Work on dangerous road slip starts after public clamor for government action

Capoocan Leyte – MAC Builders, a construction company involved in many government projects in Region 8 has finally initiated construction of a road slip that has put the Department of Public Works and Highways under criticism.

Leyte’s second engineering district chief Carlos Veloso told the Visayan Business Post that the contract for the road repair was awarded to MAC Builders who received their ‘Notice to Proceed’ as early as 19 October 2015.

Veloso said that the contractor should have started actual work on the project within ten days after receiving the notice from the DPWH 2nd Engineering District.

The contractor however began moving soil only recently by sending a backhoe that would carve about 5 meters into the mountain to accommodate the road portion as well as its shoulder and drainage.

‘Geologists from the DPWH’s central office earlier conducted a geologic survey on the road area to dispel earlier concerns by the contractor that the vicinity could be a sinkhole’, Veloso said.

‘The project which has a budget of P9.7 Million includes an allocation for just compensation for the owner of the land area affected by the new road portion’, Veloso added.

The Capoocan-Ormoc road network is the main economic artery connecting Ormoc to the rest of Eastern Visayas. It is under the jurisdiction of the Second District of Leyte.

An earlier report carried by the Visayan Business Post on the dangerous condition of the road elicited public outrage over the slow action by government officials on the matter.