PGMA calls for
immediate repair, improvement of San Jose de Buan road
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the immediate repair and
improvement of the 39.5 kilometers Lokilokon-San Jose de Buan dirt
President Arroyo made
the directive during her March 19 visit to the hinterland town of San
Jose de Buan in the province of Samar, the second poorest municipality
and the most nutritionally poor municipality in Region 8.
for Eastern Visayas Cynthia Nierras informed the Philippine
Information Agency that the President has directed Defense Secretary
Norberto Gonzales and 8th Infantry Division Commander Arthur Tabaquero,
the Army Engineer Brigade and Samar Governor Mila Tan to coordinate
with one another in order to fast track the rehabilitation and the
improvement of the dirt road into an all-weather road.
Samar Governor Mila
Tan, PA Nierras said, told the President that the project would be
finished in fifteen days. For her part, Second District of Samar
Congresswoman Sharee Ann Tan said that she will facilitate the release
of P5 million for the project. The President, however, ordered the
reassessment of the road situation.
“So it’s really the
road that is hampering peace and development in this municipality,”
the President was quoted to have said.
PA Nierras informed
that the project is estimated to have a total cost of P44.5 Million.
When interviewed after
the Presidential visit, Mayor Melania Rebato of San Jose de Buan,
expressed her gratitude for the President’s visit. She said she has
always believed that President Arroyo will not turn down the LGU’s
request for the repair and rehabilitation of the one lane dirt road.
The President’s visit
has inspired the people and gave them a brand new hope that at last
their road problem would soon be solved, Mayor Rebato said.
Mayor Rebato said that
she will prepare as soon as possible a letter requesting the DND to
help the municipality solve its problem. The letter will be personally
handed to Secretary Gonzales by PA Nierras.
When the road is
improved, the travel time to San Jose de Buan will only take more than
35 minutes, a far cry from today’s travel time of nearly three hours,
from the Lokilokon Junction to the town proper of San Jose de Buan.