ROAD FOR DEVELOPMENT. The Leyte 2nd District Engineering Office has started constructing an access road between the major villages of Duka and Balud, both in Barugo, Leyte. The completion of the P143 million worth project is eyed to help the town’s economy. (L2DEO)

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), through the Leyte 2nd District Engineering Office (L2DEO), is currently undertaking a project to construct and improve access roads in Barugo, with a focus on supporting the town’s economic growth.

District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura revealed that the project entails the construction of a four-span bridge spanning 140 linear meters, featuring a 7.32-meter carriageway with provisions for 1.11-meter railings and gutters on both edges of the bridge deck.

“This new bridge, upon completion, will serve as a crucial link between the Balud and Duka roads, significantly enhancing connectivity within the community,” Oppura emphasized. “It is poised to play a pivotal role in driving economic development in Barugo.”

The project is strategically aligned with the proposed Barugo Economic Zone, aiming to provide essential infrastructure to support trade and industry. This initiative is expected to attract investors and stimulate economic activities in the municipality.

Upon its completion, the project is projected to have a transformative impact, facilitating the movement of goods and services and fostering industrial growth. This, in turn, will generate job opportunities and income within Barugo, promoting overall prosperity.

With an allocated budget of P143.8 million sourced from the General Appropriations Act (GAA) covering CY 2022, 2023, and 2024, the project is supported by the Roads Leveraging for Industry and Trade Program (ROLL-IT) in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The improved road network resulting from this endeavor is expected to stimulate business activity and enhance safety and convenience for local residents and students commuting to schools.