By DONNA C. DEBUTON
May 5, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – Gandara Diversion Road, located in Gandara, Samar, is a newly declared National Road from an unclassified road, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) pursuant to Department Order No. 74, dated 06 April 2016, issued by Honorable Secretary Rogelio L. Singson.
The diversion road has a total length of 1.40 kilometers including the 700-linear meter Gandara Bridge. Road and bridge construction was undertaken phase by phase by both the Regional and District Offices through the yearly Regular Infrastructure Fund which resulted to its completion in the year 2011, under I&E Construction.
As per request, dated October 5, 2015 addressed to Ma. Catalina Cabral, PH.D., CESO I, undersecretary for Planning and PPP Service of the Head Office thru: Regional Director Rolando M. Asis. Subject: Request for classifying the Gandara Diversion Road into Primary National Road and Downgrading the part of Daang Maharlika (K765+000-K766+000 which is within the Poblacion of Municipality of Gandara, Samar) from Primary Road into a Secondary Road. Some reasons cited in the said request are dilemma in heavy traffic due to loaded cargo trucks, various vehicles which transport in Gandara Poblacion and number of vehicular accidents often occur in this road.
Having been converted into a national road, Gandara Diversion Road provides alternate route and access road with the provision of permanent structures for the flow of traffic when approaching the Municipality of Gandara, will serve as avenues for a hassle-free road and safety assurance for the drivers, motorists, and pedestrians.