By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
March 2, 2016
NAVAL, Biliran – The construction/ improvement of access roads leading to declared tourists destinations along Higatangan circumferential road, phase 3 has been allotted with P45 million under the CY 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
As of December 17, 2015, Construction of Higatangan Circumferential Road, Phase 2 under the CY 2015 GAA has already been completed. DPWH regional office 8 is undertaking the phase 1 portion of the project with an appropriation of P100 million and with a concrete paving length of 3.780 kms. under contract with Yoyen Enterprises while phase 2 was implemented by Biliran DEO with an appropriation of P40 million with a concrete paving length of 2.20 km (Sta.4+256.60 - Sta.6+500) under contract with B. Vicencio Construction.
“The P45 M fund is set for the rehabilitation of existing substandard concrete pavement complete the improvement of the entire Circumferential Road”, said District Engineer, David P. Adongay Jr.
Adongay also reported that the Construction/Improvement of 3.780 km. in Higatangan Circumferential Road (HCR) implemented by the regional office 8 under CY 2014 GAA is still on-going with clearing and grubbing operation and base course preparation on one section of the project as of January, 2016.
The completion of the Improvement of Higatangan circumferential road will provide an access road not only for local and foreign tourists but also for the residents of the place in going to and from to the island’s tourist destinations such as the Higatangan’s popular 200-m shifting sand bar, rock formations, Marcos Hill/ Lighthouse, crystal clear watersand – its fine white sands which has been declared as Tourism Development Area through Republic Act Number 10409.
The said island is only a few minutes ride by small boat from Biliran’s capital town, Naval.