ORMOC CITY-The Department of Public Works and Highways Leyte 4th District Engineering Office clarifies issues regarding the Construction of By-pass/Diversion Road in Brgy. San Juan going to Brgy. Naungan in Ormoc City.
On behalf of District Engineer Lino Francisco C. Gonzalez, and the entire Leyte 4th DEO, assistant district engineer Irwin L. Antonio acknowledged the invitation of KAUGOP radio station for an interview regarding some clarifications from the citizens about the San Juan – Lao – Naungan By-pass/Diversion road.
During the radio interview, ADE Antonio stated that this is a multi-year project funded by the national government and is co-implemented by the DPWH Regional Office and Leyte Fourth DEO.
This 4.2 km network development road project, comprised of 6 lanes will considerably minimize traffic congestion and drastically shorten the travel time by 20 minutes towards the city of Ormoc.
Citizens were highly concerned about the floodings in the area affected by the diversion road, as well as the mangrove area that serves as a natural habitat for some migratory birds and aquatic animals.
As such, Department of Environment and Natural Resources/Community Environment and Natural Resources Office and various agencies were involved in the preparation of the program of works prior to its completion. Public consultation was also conducted with the residents of affected nearby barangays.
Flood mitigating measures were also incorporated in the network development plan, such as the installation of 32-36 culverts – 3m x 3m x 25m box culverts at the entire stretch as well as the construction of bridges at the existing Lao, San Juan and Pagsangaan bridges which under the water flows.(PR)