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Road construction project to improve mobility in remote Maasin villages

Road construction project to improve mobility in remote Maasin villages

The concrete road in three remote villages of Bato 1, Bato 2, and Nati in Maasin City, Southern Leyte, will be finished in early September. Construction began April 6, 2022, and is now 60% complete. Photo: DPWH-8/Facebook

The construction of a road in three remote villages in Maasin City, Southern Leyte, aimed at improving the movement of people, goods, and services, will be completed in early September.

The Php 16.71 million project is funded through the Sustainable Infrastructure Project Alleviating Gaps (SIPAG) under the 2022 General Appropriations Act. The construction began on April 6, 2022, and has now reached 60% physical completion.

This road project consists of a two-lane concrete road with a minimum length of 1.63 lane kilometers. The project's work program added 2.5 meters to both sides of the road, for a total width of five meters and a thickness of approximately 0.20 meters.

Other on-site civil works include installing a drainage system and slope protection.

“These remote villages have been enduring a poor road network which restricts the mobility of people, especially the residents here. So we build this road to address this issue and stimulate economic activity and farming production in those rural communities,” said District Engineer Manolo A. Rojas.

This road concreting project aims to improve local road conditions and connect outlying areas to the city's commercial hub in order to boost local and regional productivity by removing bottlenecks in agriculture, trade, and tourism.

Maasin City's remote villages include Bato 1, Bato 2, and Nati. Growing agricultural businesses such as livestock and poultry-raising are the primary source of livelihood for the locals, who live near the foot of the mountains. —iTacloban (Source: DPWH-8)

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