Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that he had already instructed the field engineers to assure that the project would be completed on or before December 2009 because of its impact in the agricultural communities in the area.
"This road network will would benefit the rice granaries in Northern Samar and corn and sweet potato farmers in Eastern Visayas, the immediate completion of this project would surely increase the income of the farmers in the area and would also open the investment and employment opportunities in the nearby municipalities" Ebdane said.
DPWH Region VIII Director Angelito Twaño said that because of its former grade as gravel road, the Samar Circumferential Road is hardly passable during summer days and impassable during rainy season. But now that they had completed a total of 63.7% for the programmed works for this year, motorists are now experiencing a more convenient traveling experience in the said road section.
"The realization of this project will provide an access to the remote areas of the two provinces like Laoang, Palapag, Mapanas, Gamay, Lapinig, Arteche and San Policarpio, which will surely boost their economic activities. It will also significantly promote eco-tourism industry in Samar " Twaño said.
This P3.2 Billion road project involves the concreting of 130.4 kilometers of road, replacement of a bridge, slope protection works, drainage structures and installation of road safety devices.