TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office has announced that the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Tigbao-Pulak-Sta. Fe Road is being expedited, although it is not yet officially open to the public.

While improvement works on the existing road are still underway, significant progress suggests that completion may be achieved ahead of the November 2024 deadline.
The DPWH, through its construction division, reported that they are currently focused on finalizing civil works such as the construction of line canals and Portland cement concrete pavements (PCCP).

Engr.Edgar Tabacon, DPWH regional director, stressed that the critical importance of ensuring the safety of the existing road to accommodate the anticipated influx of motorists.
This road serves as a vital link connecting Tacloban City, the capital of Leyte province, to other municipalities in western Leyte.

The Tigbao-Pulak-Sta. Fe Road has been identified among the areas that are prone for vehicular accidents due to its steep slopes.

Recommendations were made to mitigate these risks by reducing the slope, redesigning for truck safety, and adhering to highway safety design standards outlined in DPWH manuals.
“To prioritize infrastructure safety and establish a more secure and reliable road system, DPWH 8 promptly initiated improvements to the Tigbao-Pulak-Sta. Fe Road, ensuring close monitoring and regular inspections,” Tabacon said.

Apart from rehabilitation and realignment efforts, the project involves the construction of lined canals, gravel shoulders, and widening from a two-lane to a four-lane road or PCCP.
Given the mountainous terrain, sustainable slope protection measures are being implemented to enhance structural safety, Tabacon said.

Future plans for the Tigbao-Pulak-Sta. Fe Road include the installation of solar-powered street lighting to improve nighttime safety for travelers.

Funded by the national government through the General Appropriations Act (GAA) 2021-2024, a total of P740 million was allocated for the rehabilitation of a 1.37-kilometer stretch of the Tigbao-Pulak-Sta. Fe Road.