Southern Leyte District Engineering Officer Ma. Margarita Junia(center), together other officials of the district, inspect the ongoing road concreting of Lonoy-Tigabawan alternate route from Maasin City to Malitbog which would reduce the travel distance from Malitbog to the capital city of the province.

MAASIN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) field office here will embark on a P375 million asphalt overlay project for major thoroughfares in the province constructed more than four decades back.
Recently, the Road Board approved the budget for major asphalt overlay in Southern Leyte for roads with pavements that started peeling off or scaling and forming potholes that pose danger to motorists.
DPWH Southern Leyte District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia said they received the special allotment release order(Saro) for the P375 million asphalt overlay from the Road Board meant for four road sections with damaged pavements.
Asphalt overlay is a paving method of applying a new layer of asphalt to a deteriorating surface.
These projects are the P150 million asphalt overlay in Sogod, P150 million in Liloan, P40 million in Macrohon, and another P35 million also in Liloan town.
“The major concern now of the department is the safety of the travellers, so we are working double-time for a faster implementation of these asphalt projects,” Junia said.
Aside from the above-mentioned budget, another P48 million fund was initially approved for the same road works near the tall Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod town.
The Road Board also approved P16 million additional fund for the thermoplastic painting of this road section.
The major asphalt overlay is seen to provide a safer and convenient flow of traffic in the said road sections and will improve the road rating of the province, monitored and evaluated by the Road Board.
Established under Republic Act 8794, the Road Board is mandated to ensure the efficient utilization of the Road User’s Tax, a special fund solely used for road maintenance and improvement of road drainage, installation of efficient traffic lights and road safety devices, and air pollution control. (PR)