While it’s true that the current administration is focusing some of its bigger infrastructure projects in the National Capital Region (NCR), the scope of its Build! Build! Build! Program encompasses the whole Philippines.
One of the regions that’s also under the BBB scheme of the national government is the Visayas, more specifically Region 8.
Powerful typhoons and storms often make landfall in this area of the country. The region includes the city of Tacloban, which was devastated by Yolanda, known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan, in 2013.
This is among the main reasons why the government is choosing to pour in funding for the construction of various pathways and protective infrastructures in the Visayas, which is hoped to aid in evacuations and possible rescue operations when natural calamities occur.
Here are some of the projects being undertaken in the region:
Palo West Bypass Road Project
The construction of this bypass road will create a six-lane wide highway, which will involve putting up of two bridges – the 20.8-meter Caloogan Bridge and the 48.80-meter Bangon Bridge.
The Palo West Bypass Road is expected to decongest traffic in Tacloban City going to Palo, Leyte. It will shorten travel time from the usual 30 minutes to only 15 minutes.
In March 2021, the road was made available to light vehicles.
Tacloban City Bypass Road Project
The Tacloban City Bypass Road is a 6.4-kilometer highway connecting Barangay Nula-Tula to Barangay Caibaan. The project is considered to be one of the longest diversion road projects in the region.
It’s expected to lessen the flow of traffic and shorten travel time from one hour to only 30 minutes.
The project has been opened for public use since March of this year and is serving more than 1,000 motorists daily.
Leyte Tide Embankment Project
This project is part of the Build Back Better policy of the Government’s Program on Rehabilitation and Recovery from Super Typhoon Yolanda, which aims to build safer communities and cities.
It will cover a length of about 27.3 kilometers once finished and will stretch from the shoreline of Barangay Diit of Tacloban City passing through the entire shoreline of the Municipality of Palo, Leyte, and ending up to Barangay Ambao of Tanauan, Leyte.
The Mahaplag-Hilongos Road is a 48.20-kilometer pathway that will connect Barangay San Isidro, Mahaplag, Leyte to Barangay San Roque, Hilongos. It’s expected to significantly reduce travel time from Maasin City to Tacloban City from 4 hours to only 1.5 hours.
Maasin Coastal Bypass Road
This 4.3-kilometer infrastructure project will connect Tomas Oppus Street to Maasin City Port. Once finished, it is expected to support the economic development of Southern Leyte, particularly the areas that will be traversed by the project.
Ormoc City Diversion Road
The diversion road’s main purpose is to provide an alternative pathway for travelers who traverse along Palo–Carigara–Ormoc road going to Ormoc–Baybay–So – without bypassing the city of Leyte.
Once completed the 4.3-kilometer road will speed up the movement of people, goods, and services in the region.
Tacloban City Bypass Road Extension
This project is the extension of the recently opened 6.4-kilometer Tacloban City Bypass Road. It’s expected to ease traffic congestion along Tacloban-Babatngon Road to Tacloban City and will shorten the 1.5 hours travel time to only 45 minutes.
It’s also being built to complement the proposed international seaport that will be constructed in Babatngon, Leyte.
Divisoria-Langit-San Antonio Farm-San Diego-Sto. Nino Road
This road project will span a total of 12-kilometers and will aid in improving access to areas with processing activities or raw materials. It’s included in “Roll It,” a collaborative program between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Calbayog City Coastal Road
This 4.32-kilometer coastal project will decongest traffic at Calbayog City and divert it to Daang Maharlika to the Coastal Diversion Road.
San Roque Bypass
This project, which is situated in Northern Samar, is already at 78.01 percent completion. The plan will involve the construction of a 2.4-kilometer concrete road and a 450-square meter concrete bridge.
Once completed, it will divert traffic from the city proper and ease congestion significantly.
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