The long-cherished dream of having cemented circumferential road in Siargao Island will soon become a reality with the on-going round-the-clock concreting spear-headed by the DPWH Second Engineering District which is expected to finish at least 52 kilometers of the 126 kilometers road length before the year 2009 ends . The same was in line with the commitment of Cong. Francisco Matugas to complete the concreting of the said 52 kilometers within his term in the current 14th Congress.
Engr. Slavador Montil and Engr. Rodulfo Libay, district engineer and ass’t. district engineer, respectively, revealed that their efforts to speed up the concreting of the circumferential road where in compliance with the time frame given to them and the contractors by Cong. Francisco Matugas who facilitated for the early release of the SARO to ensure the partial completion of the mega-project of the solon.
The on-going first phase concreting also covered the Dapa-Sayak Airport and the Sayak Airport-Del Carmen roads, Montil added.
The said 52 kilometers of cemented road covering the first phase of the project has a budget allocation of P157-million and the same is scheduled to be inaugurated by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyobthis coming January 2010.
In a recent interview, Cong. Francisco Matugas said the total cost for the concreting of the remaining 74 kilometers of circumferential road in Siargao Island and in Bucas Grande is P1.8-billion and he would try his best to find a budget allocation for this.
He disclosed that his nine (9) bills for the conversion of the provincial roads to become national secondary roads had already been approved in the Senate committee level chaired by Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. Once the said bills will become laws, the said roads will have it’s own budgets for maintenance and repairs, Matugas added.
The lawmaker said the completion of the circumferential road will play a major role in the economic development of Siargao Island and Brucas Grande as it will drastically cut the travel time by less than half the usual time spent, will enable the easy and smooth transfer of goods and agricultural products to and from its origins and destinations, can draw added influx of domestic and foreign tourists and can attract local and foreign investments as well. (Jun Prada)