TACLOBAN CITY– Despite the wet weather recently, the Leyte Second District Engineering Office (L2DEO) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is proceeding as scheduled with the construction of a slope protection along a coastal road in Capoocan, Leyte.

The Capoocan coastal road covers the villages of Cabul-an, Talisay, Tolibao, Guinadiongan, Libertad, Potot, Gayad, and Talairan.

The DPWH through its Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP) has allocated P49.498 million for the project which entails the construction of 225 meters of crib walls for slope protection and their placement in areas prone to landslides along the coastal road section from Barangay Talisay to Tolibao in the said town.

Also included in the scope of work is the construction of a 350-meter lined canal with a cross drain that will serve as a waterway to allow extra water to flow into one channel, and to prevent road slips.

District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura said that these structures will ensure that local community will be protected from possible landslides and falling debris when heavy rains occurs causing the softening of the soil.

He added that faster mobility of basic and essential services will no longer be hampered once the project is fully completed, and the local community will have an opportunity to have livelihoods since this road network is leading to Calumpijan Island and the Capoocan diving spot a tourist destination.