TACLOBAN CITY – Rep. Marcelino ‘Nonoy’ Libanan of the 4Ps party-list group said that creating new roads and bridges could help the development of Eastern Samar and in the process, push down the province from the list of poor provinces in the country.
In fact, he said, about P975 million were allocated to fund various infrastructure projects in the second district of the province alone for this year.
Rep. Libanan, who is also the minority floor leader of the House of Representatives, creating new roads and bridges will be a big help to improve the lives of the people of Eastern Samar.
He informed that in August of this year, the Samar Island Circumferential Road will be completed and open for public use.
“This project was started in the 11th Congress during my first term as congressman, in which the Taft-Oras-San Policarpio-Arteche-Lapinig-Gamay-Simora Roads-Mapanas-all the way to Catubig Northern Samar were made into arterial roads,” the lawmaker said.
Meanwhile, the inauguration of the P340 million Maydolong-Basey Road is scheduled this month which includes the 51.775 kilometers which was implemented as a tourism road project. If completed, the road project will serve as the shortest route from Borongan to Tacloban city, the capital city of the region.
The travel will be shortened from one and a half hours to almost two hours compared to an almost four hours trip from Borongan to Tacloban.
To date, the road construction of the Dolores-Maslog-road is ongoing and next year, an additional P 450 million funding will be poured for the completion of the project, Rep. Libanan said.
Libanan vowed to prioritize programs and projects that will help in the progress of the province together with Rep.Maria Fe Abunda.
The two lawmakers led on May 2 the groundbreaking of the proposed multipurpose hall/ amphitheater in the Eastern Samar State University – Guiuan Campus with Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales – Kwan.
The project was initially funded by Abunda in the amount of P5 million in 2021.
Both Libanan and Abunda believe that education also needs support from their offices and as a way to help address the poverty problem of the province.
(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)