The Basey Bypass Road Project in Samar leading to the popular destinations of Sohoton National Park and Balantak Falls has residents and stakeholders anticipating its opening.
The 2.4-kilometer road that starts in Barangay Magallanes and ends in Barangay Guirang not only provides a faster and safer travel but will also pave the way to more development as it opens up more livelihood opportunities for the local community.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported the road’s completion at 71.5% on February 4, 2020.
DPWH Region 8 Director Nerie Bueno said that the road improvement project provides opportunities that will spark small local business opportunities specifically eateries, pasalubong centers, and boat services considering that the road section leads to Sohoton Cave and Balantak Falls which are known tourist destinations in the municipality.
Bueno added that “Upon completion, the bypass road will cut travel time going to Sohoton National Park from three (3) hours and thirty (30) minutes to just one (1) hour and thirty (30) minutes,”
In addition, the bypass road will also provide faster movement of agricultural products and crafts like clay pots, bamboo furniture, and banig.
The Php 68-million Basey Bypass Road project, funded under the 2018 General Appropriations Act, is being implemented by the Samar 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO).
Sohoton and Panhulugan Caves have been the prime tourist destinations in Basey, Samar.
Samar is also home to the wartime Balangiga Bells that were only brought home in 2018 after three hundred years.
The weaving of Samar women artisans have also been featured in bags by global fashion brand Charles & Keith.
Other road projects by DPWH that cut travel time while providing more economic opportunities include the already completed Sorsogon scenic sea view road dike Ariman-Panganiban Coastal Road and Shore Protection, the soon to be completed Mindoro Island mountain road connecting Oriental and Occidental provinces, and the Marbel-Makar Road connecting Koronadal to General Santos that will decongest traffic by April 2020.
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