CATARMAN,Northern Samar— The Department of Public Works and Highways-Northern Samar First District Engineering Office (DPWH-NSFDEO) has recently completed the construction of a concrete road (Phase 1),significantly enhancing accessibility between two barangays in this provincial capital.

This P34.28 million project includes the construction of a 586-meter concrete road, soon connecting the communities of Barangays Old Rizal and Libjo.

The scope of work includes unsuitable excavation, embankment from roadway excavation, crushed aggregate surface course, construction of a Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) spanning a total length of 1,172 linear meters, installation of pipe culverts, application of thermoplastic pavement markings, and construction of a reinforced concrete canal and stone masonry.

District Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio emphasized the multifaceted benefits of the newly concreted road, stating, “Beyond facilitating local trade between the two barangays, the newly concreted road will also provide better access to basic services.”

Residents of the area have expressed their gratitude and optimism about the new road.

One resident shared, “This road project is a significant contribution from our government to the community. It will greatly help us, especially students, by providing safer and more efficient routes to school and other essential destinations as well as expedite the delivery of agricultural products from farms to the market.”

The resident added, “Ini nga sigad, dako nga bulig ini sa gobyerno sa residente, sa mga studyante, parag-uma. Dako a bulig sa katawhan para durudaritso a pag-agi man sa mga produkto. Maupay lat ini nga paagi nga bulig sa gobyerno.”

The project, part of the Department’s Sustainable Infrastructure Projects Alleviating Gaps (SIPAG) program, began construction on June 9, 2023, and was completed on January 9, 2024. (ANALIZA A. PABIA, PIO ALTERNATE/PR)