By CHENZI MAY D. UY
July 11, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – A 6.1-meter-wide concrete road now runs between Barangay Roxas and Barangay Imelda in Sta. Margarita, Samar. This new road extends from the existing pavement in the neighboring barangay of Mabuhay, which connects to Daang Maharlika national highway.
Residents in said barangays used to travel on foot to reach the nearest road in Barangay Mabuhay, where they could hire a habal-habal to get to the main road.
This new accomplishment by DPWH Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) literally paves a better way for communities in the interior barangays of Sta. Margarita to access public goods and services in the municipal center as well as to bring their agricultural products to local markets. Copra, abaca and root crops are the primary products in the said barangays.
The 1.8-kilometer-long mountain road is reinforced by slope protection structures totalling 246.2 linear meters. The P50-million project is part of the district’s Local Infrastructure Program that aims to enhance road connectivity in Samar I.