DPWH Samar completes vital FMR, announces solar water systems for rural communities

DPWH Samar completes vital FMR, announces solar water systems for rural communities

DPWH Samar 1st District Engineering Office completes crucial FMR road linking Brgy. Caybago to San Rufino and prepares to provide 4 solar water systems to underserved areas for safe potable water. Photo: DPWH-8/Facebook

EASTERN VISAYAS –  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Samar 1st District Engineering Office proudly announces the successful completion of the third phase of the Farm-to-Market (FMR) road project, spanning from Barangay Caybago to Brgy. San Rufino. 

A major infrastructure project consisting of 3.802 kilometers of Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) and 90 meters of slope protection has been completed. The project cost Php 36 million and was funded through a collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA).

With the inclusion of two units of double Reinforced Concrete Pipe Culvert (RCPC), four units of single RCPC, and one unit of Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert (RCBC), the newly constructed road not only ensures faster and more convenient transportation for farmers but also serves as an effective drainage system. This aspect is particularly vital during the rainy season when water from the mountains flows through the road.

The significance of the FMR road project goes beyond its concrete and steel, as it plays a key role in connecting farmers to the nearest marketplaces. By facilitating more accessible access to markets, it empowers local farmers, revitalizes the economy, and fosters growth within rural communities.

In another commendable move, DPWH-Samar 1st District Engineering Office announces a transformative initiative to address water scarcity in various areas. With a generous allocation of Php 40 million drawn from the General Appropriations Act of 2023, the district plans to install four solar water systems in different locations under its jurisdiction.

The solar water systems will feature cutting-edge technology, including solar panels and elevated tanks with submersible pumps. 

These installations will be located in Brgy. Cautod, Sta. Margarita; Brgy. Luna, Tagapul-an, Samar; Brgy. Imelda, Almagro, Samar; and Brgy. Barruz, Matuguinao, Samar. This project aims to provide economical and safe potable water to communities in need, enhancing their quality of life and promoting sustainable development.

A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held in Brgy. Cautod, attended by the Honorable Stephen James Tan, Congressman of the First District of Samar. In his address, Congressman Tan emphasized the importance of the project in alleviating water problems in Sta. Margarita, while expressing his commitment to bringing more essential projects to districts facing water challenges.

The event also saw the presence of DPWH-Samar I OIC-District Engineer Raulito Yangzon, along with other DPWH personnel, Mayor of Sta. Margarita, Hon. Felix Panganoron, Vice Mayor Erdie delos Santos, and other Barangay Officials.

The ceremony served as a platform to introduce the community to the benefits of this transformative project, which will enhance access to safe, reliable, and potable water, fostering progress and prosperity for all residents in the district. —iTacloban (Source: DPWH-8)

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