By JASON T. DELOS ANGELES
October 12, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) completes the construction of two road projects in the municipality of Almagro, Samar with a combined appropriation of P100 million.
Almagro is an island municipality accessed only by motorboat from the port of Calbayog City, taking usually up to 2 hours of travel. It is composed of 23 barangays and has a land area is 51.36 square kilometers. It is well-known as the center of the goat-raising industry in the province, native ipil-ipil and coconut trees.
The only means of travelling from one barangay to another is through motorboats due to the lack of a road network within the island town. This hinders the trading of agricultural goods.
The first road project connects Brgy. Panjobjoban to Brgy. Poblacion, covering the construction of 1,919.92 meters of Portland cement concrete pavement (PCCP). The second road project links Brgy. Imelda to Brgy. Poblacion, covering the construction of 1,938.65 meters of PCCP with a thickness of 230 millimeters. Both projects are 3-meter wide half-lane roads.
With the completion of these road projects, local fishermen and farmers can now easily exchange produce without the need for motorboats. This makes travel and transport easier, safer and more convenient.
In 2019, SFDEO will propose the construction of a circumferential road project that will connect more barangays to the poblacion of Almagro.