Baybay City, Leyte
18 April 2016
President Benigno S. Aquino III led the unveiling of mark and the inaugural drive-through of the Baybay Diversion Road in Baybay City, Leyte.
“Mas napadali na rin ang biyahe mula Maasin City, patungong mga lungsod ng Tacloban at Ormoc. Ang biyaheng Maasin-Tacloban na dating inaabot ng tatlo at kalahating oras, tatlong oras na lamang. Ang biyaheng Maasin-Ormoc naman na pumapalo ng dalawang oras, isa at kalahating oras na lang. Ang makikinabang dito: nasa 600 motorista kada araw,” President Aquino remarked.
Based on the contract cost under the 2013-2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the project amounted to PhP 374.63 million and entailed the concreting of a five-kilometer, two-lane road, construction of a 151.5-kilometer Pagbanganan Bridge, and paving of shoulders and slope protection works.
President Aquino reported that aside from the Baybay Diversion Road project, the government also led the construction of the Tabango-Catmon-La Fortuna-Manlawaan-Gimarco Road and the Junction Abuyog-Silago Road.
“Para sa public works at transportation projects noong 2005 hanggang 2010, nasa higit PhP 7B. Sa Daang Matuwid, nitong 2011 hanggang 2016, ang inilaan natin ay lampas Php 27B at 284 percent increase po ‘yan,” President Aquino added.
Aside from the aforementioned road projects, the President highlighted the further improvement of infrastructures in the province of Leyte like ports, farm-to-market roads, irrigation, and production and post-harvest machineries and equipment.
“Saksi kayo sa nangyayaring pagbabago. Kita naman ninyo: Kabit-kabit ang mga proyekto natin, at nakasentro sa iisang layunin: Ang iangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng ating mga Boss,” he concluded.
The Baybay Diversion Road starts from the junction of Ormoc-Baybay-Southern Leyte Boundary Road in Barangay Candadam and ends at the junction of the Ormoc-Baybay-Southern Leyte Boundary Road in Barangay Hispungo. As it provides additional access in going to and from the Baybay Port, the Diversion Road minimizes traffic in the city.
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