The Maydolong-Basey road project, aside from connecting the provinces of Eastern Samar and Samar, will result of a reduced travel time from Borongan City to Tacloban City by almost two hours from its current travel time of four hours, thus said Rep. Marcelino ‘Nonoy’ Libanan of the 4Ps party-list group during the July 15 groundbreaking. (Photo courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY-House Minority Leader and 4Ps party-list Representative Marcelino ‘Nonoy’ Libanan led the groundbreaking of the P333.79 million for the construction of the Maydolong-Basey Road Project in a ceremony on Saturday (July 15) held in Barangay Del Pilar, Maydolong town, Eastern Samar.

According to Libanan, the project will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-8), under its SIPAG (Sustainable Infra Project Alleviating Gaps) project involving the construction of 2.48 kilometers of concrete road.

It was learned that the road on the Eastern Samar side of Maydolong-Basey Road has not yet been paved and it has reached a distance of less than 8.15 kms while on the Samar side, it is 1.172 kms or a total of 9.32 km remains to be unpaved.

Libanan, in his message, said that the Maydolong-Basey road project is by far the hardest road project he has initiated.

“This is the reason why I put my biggest fund from the 4Ps party-list, more than P300 million because this is one of the most important road projects,” he said.

“The project will make a difference to the lives of the people of Maydolong here in Eastern Samar, as well as in (western) Samar; in fact, all of Samar Island. It’s a road that can pave the way for Eastern Samar to be removed from the list of the 20 poorest provinces in the country,” Libanan added.

Once completed, travel time from Borongan City to Tacloban City will be cut by half from its current travel time of more than four hours.

Among those present during the groundbreaking were Maydolong Mayor Godofredo Garado and Engr. Alvin Bautista, head of the Eastern Samar District Engineering Office, representing DPWH Regional Director Edgar Tabacon.