ANNEONGHASEYO! Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez met with Korean Consul General Sewon Song who expressed his gratitude for the visit to the city. The two officials discussed matters of cooperation and partnership. The mayor welcomed the South Korean delegation at his office on March 8.

With P8 billion initial funding

GOVERNMENT CENTER, PALO,Leyte-The national government has earmarked a significant budget of at least P8 billion this year for the much-needed rehabilitation of the Maharlika Highway in Eastern Visayas.

This allocation forms part of the estimated P29.73 billion for the complete repair of this crucial highway, which serves as a vital link connecting the region to the rest of the country.

Engr. Edgar Tabacon, the regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), revealed that this substantial funding underscores the priority status accorded to the repair work by the Marcos administration.

The Daang Maharlika in Eastern Visayas spans 395.52 kilometers, stretching from Northern Samar to Southern Leyte provinces.

Completed during the administration of Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., the entire highway spans over 3,380 kilometers, linking Eastern Visayas to Luzon via Northern Samar province and to Mindanao through Southern Leyte.

Tabacon emphasized on March 7 that they are counting on the support of Leyte congressman, House Speaker Ferdinand Romualdez, who is a cousin of President Marcos, Jr., to ensure the timely completion of the highway’s rehabilitation under the current administration.

“This project ranks among the top priorities of President Marcos, Jr.’s administration,” Tabacon stated during a media briefing organized by his office.

The deteriorating condition of the Maharlika Highway, particularly in Samar province, has drawn widespread criticism and mockery from the public.

Out of the total stretch of 395.52 kilometers in the region, 205.75 kilometers traverse Samar province.

Tabacon expressed his own disappointment regarding the poor state of the highway, characterized by extensive potholes.

“Just like you and the rest, I am also disappointed,” Tabacon said.

However, with the unwavering support of all the region’s congressmen, he expressed optimism that the rehabilitation of the Maharlika Highway in Eastern Visayas will soon become a reality.

As part of the highway’s rehabilitation efforts, Tabacon outlined a plan involving 107 projects, encompassing road and bridge widening, off-carriageway improvements, slope protection, installation of signage, and pavement messaging.