Enhanced connectivity and faster mobility await the people of barangays Lucmayan, San Roque, and Lapaz in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras with the nearly completed concrete road delivered by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Undertaken by DPWH, Guimaras District Engineering Office, the ₱58-million road concreting funded under its FY 2023 General Appropriations Act (GAA), is roughly 80 percent completed and is expected to be finished within this year.
The project includes the construction of a roughly 1-kilometer long, 6-meter wide, 2-lane Portand Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP) road including slope protection, Reinforced Concrete Pipe Culvert (RCPC) with headwall, cross drain, and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings.
Based on the report of District Engineer (DE) Rhodora B. Nuñal, OIC-Regional Director Sanny Boy O. Oropel said the project will provide residents with an improved road network that would ease their mobility and transport of products, goods, and services
“This concrete road will significantly provide these residents with a safer and better road access from their houses to the town proper or other places in the island,” OIC-RD Sanny Boy O. Oropel said.
“This will likewise hasten transport of farm and other agricultural products to the market, benefiting our local farmers, and will ease delivery of basic government services even to the people in the remote areas,” RD Oropel stressed.
RD Oropel further stressed that paving this road is vital in rural development and the improvement of the quality of life of the people in the locality.
“Good road plays a vital role in the overall development of a community. The concreting of this road is a crucial step towards improving the quality of life for the residents and will offer a long-term impact on the socio-economic growth of these barangays,” RD Oropel stressed.
In addition, DE Rhodora B. Nuñal emphasized the significance of the road concreting project towards tourism development in the area.
“This road will provide convenient access to Taklong Island Marine Reserve (TINMR) and La Puerta Resort, which would encourage more local and foreign tourists to visit these destinations,” DE Nuñal said.
“This will also specifically benefit employees of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, who could travel faster and more comfortable going to the marine reserve,” DE Nuñal added.
Concreting of local roads is a milestone in the development of rural areas. It holds the potential to transform lives by improving accessibility, stimulating economic activities, and enhancing overall living standards.
Hence, DPWH continues to prioritize rural development by providing better road networks that can pave the way toward local progress and prosperity. (DPWH-6)