DPWH rushes completion of Quezon ecotourism road project

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm 

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Feb. 7 -– The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is rushing the completion of the province’s coastal ecotourism road project to facilitate and make travel convenient between here and Batangas City, officials on Tuesday said.

District Engr. Celestial Flancia, DPWH-Quezon 2nd Engineering District Office chief, told reporters that phases 1 and 2 of the coastal road project between Batangas City and Quezon province are scheduled for completion middle this year that would benefit thousands of motorists in and out of the Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) area.

Engr. Flancia said construction and rehabilitation of some portions of the P1.3 billion highway started some seven years back but completion was delayed due to problems in the settlement of road right of way with landowners affected by the development undertaking.

Phases 1 and 2 link Barangay Bantilan at the boundary of San Juan, Batangas and Sariaya, Quezon to Barangay Talim in Lucena City, while phase 3 connects Barangay Talaan, Sariaya and Barangay Bocohan in Lucena City, she said.

Flancia said the road project was conceptualized by former Quezon congressman Proceso Alcala, now Agriculture Secretary and former DPWH regional director Bonifacio Seguit to ease vehicular traffic, as well as boost livelihood opportunities in Quezon’s 2nd congressional district.

According to Flancia, Alcala’s son, Quezon 2nd district Rep. Irvin Alcala, is funding the road project from out his countrywide development fund (CDF).

The lady district engineer also told reporters that total rehabilitation and construction of the Manila South Road (MSR) portion in Barangays Palsabangon, Binahaan and Malicboy in Pagbilao town started middle of January 2012.

Flancia said the road project costing P250 million covers the 16-kilometer stretch of the MSR from Kilometer posts 142 to 161 from Barangay Palsabangon to the boundary of the municipalities of Pagbilao and Atimonan located within the Quezon National National Park. The project includes construction of flood control drainages, she said.

Flancia said funds for the 16-km project come from Post “Ondoy” and “Pedring” Short-term Infrastructure Project (POPSIP) of the central office of DPWH in Manila.

The lady engineer likewise said that completion of the 7.5-kilometer bypass road in Candelaria town is scheduled in March or April this year.

She said completion of the Candelaria bypass road and the 16-km rehabilitation of the MSR would reduce travel time from here to Manila and to the Bicolandia and vice versa by at least 30 percent. (PNA)

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