Access to local communities and agricultural areas in Leganes, Iloilo is now easier and more convenient with the improved road conditions brought by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH, Iloilo 4th District Engineering Office has completed the concrete paving of a 1.49-kilometer, 2-lane road that provides access from Barangay Cagamutan Norte to Barangay Calaboa in the said town.
With the amount of Php 17.639 million funded under FY 2023 Infra through its Sustainable Infrastructure Alleviating Gaps (SIPAG) program, the project also includes the provision of slope protection structures and guardrails for the safety of motorists and people in the community.
Citing from the report of District Engineer Mario G. Soriano, DPWH 6 OIC-Regional Director Sanny Boy O. Oropel said this road improvement is necessary in order to provide a safer and hassle-free public travel and cost-efficient transport of goods and services, that would help alleviate economic development in rural areas.
“The construction of local roads is an important part of a community’s infrastructure. A good road system will enhance economic activity, enabling faster transportation of goods and services, and allowing businesses to move their products more quickly and efficiently. This can lead to increased economic growth in the area,” OIC-RD Sanny Boy O. Oropel said.
“With this concrete road, government services can reach even the remote areas in this central part of Iloilo and people from the upland communities can easily access to educational, social and health facilities in the town and the neighboring Iloilo City,” RD Oropel added.
RD Oropel further said that the paved road traverses along rice fields and other agricultural lands, hence, its improvement will greatly benefit the people in the locality, especially rice & vegetable farmers, and animal raisers.
“We are hopeful that this concrete road will aid our farmers for easier and cost-efficient transport of their products from farms to the market, which could eventually help alleviate their economic condition,” RD Oropel stressed
Meantime, DE Mario G. Soriano said this better road condition will increase safety, improve public transportation, promote environment sustainability, and improve quality of life in general.
“This paved road is expected to reduce the risk of accidents and other unsafe conditions, especially among pedestrian and bicycle traffic compared to passing along muddy when wet and dusty when dry earth road. This will also reduce the risk of flooding and other natural disasters,” DE Mario G. Soriano said
“The improved road will likewise enhance public transportation, and promote environment sustainability that would lead to an improved quality of life. Well-designed roads can reduce congestion and make public transportation more efficient. This will further reduce the amount of car emissions, as well as reduce the amount of runoff from vehicles,” DE Soriano added.
DPWH will continue to implement significant road projects that will connect our rural communities to main thoroughfares for faster transportation and easy access to basic government services. (DPWH)