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PGMA calls for immediate repair, improvement of San Jose de Buan road

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
March 21, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  –  President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the immediate repair and improvement of the 39.5 kilometers Lokilokon-San Jose de Buan dirt road.

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.

Presidential Assistant 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.