Government approves high-impact infrastructure projects in N. Samar – Manila Bulletin

TACLOBAN CITY – The national government has approved high-impact infrastructure projects that will be implemented in the coming years in the northern province of Samar.

This includes the construction of Laoang Bridges 2 and 3, which Northern Samar Governor Edwin Ongchuan has been pushing since becoming a Second District Congressman and Provincial Chief Executive.

“We thank the national government, especially former President Rodrigo Duterte for endorsing the project proposed by our province during his tenure,” Ongchuan said.

The project, which includes the construction of the Talisay-Poblacion Laoang Bridge (Laoang II Bridge) and the Calomotan-Pangpang Bridge (Laoang III Bridge) – was proposed during the tenure of then Second District Congressman Emil Ong in 2007.

The good news was unveiled by Region 8 Department of Public Works and Highways Director Allan Borromeo during the Regional Briefing for Eastern Visayas Legislators on August 10 at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City.

“The high-impact projects, Laoang Bridge 2 and 3, will be carried out and will be funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA),” Borromeo said.

He added that the procurement process will begin in 2023 and the actual construction will begin in 2024.

It was also learned that the project, costing about 6.6 billion pesos, will take at least 7 years.

Dubbed Phase 2 of the Samar Pacific Coastal Road (SPCR) project which will link Laoang to Pacific coastal cities and northern Samar, the project aims to reduce travel time and propel development in the province.

After constant lobbying by Governor Ongchuan and other provincial officials, the project was approved by the Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee of Regional Development Council 8 in the DRC Plenary Council at a meeting on June 23. 2021.

The RDC approved and endorsed the proposed projects to the national government on July 8, 2021.

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