CATARMAN, Northern Samar (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Northern Samar First District Engineering Office (NSFDEO) is now underway in the completion of a two-storey structure amounting to P9.8 million which is intended to house national agencies providing essential services not currently available in the province.

Dorothea Dones, a person with disability and a resident of Catarman, said the building will be of great help not only to the people of Carman but to all Nortehanons as it will cut off 8 hours of travel time to Tacloban just to avail of various government services.

“I have been waiting and looking forward to its operationalization so that I can get hold of a passport without traveling 8 long hours to Tacloban which is a great hassle for me being a person with disability,” Dones said.

Dones said she was happy and excited when she first heard of the project.

“I heard this last year during the radio interview of the Philippine Information Agency with First District Representative Paul Daza, when he announced that he facilitated the funding of this project,” Dones continues.

Among the national government offices expected to provide services, once completed, are the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The multi-purpose building is located at the heart of the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) in Catarman.

“Upon completion of this building, professionals and locals could conveniently process their documents and transactions in Catarman, therefore, saving them time, money, and efforts to travel. The one-stop-shop concept streamlines processes, allowing residents to accomplish multiple tasks at a single location,” said DPWH-NSFDEO District Engineer Alvin Ignacio.

The facility includes various engineering works for the convenience of clientele such as a covered waiting area at the ground floor, parking area, and walkways, among others. (ADiaz/PIA, Northern Samar)